U Of Maryland, Baltimore County Employees Out Of Jobs After State Audit Uncovers Improper Expenditures

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Two University of Maryland, Baltimore County employees resigned or were fired after a state audit and an internal investigation uncovered about $9,000 in questionable expenditures on their corporate credit cards.

Their activities have been referred to the criminal division of the attorney general's office for further review, though no charges have been filed.

One of the employees purchased $4,400 in gift cards — a violation of university policy — according to the audit, released Tuesday morning. The audit found that the employees' purchases were not always supported by bank statements or vendor invoices and that supervisors did not review their credit card purchases thoroughly.

UMBC launched its own investigation based on the audit findings and uncovered additional questionable transactions. The total amount of expenditures was about $9,000, said university spokeswoman Elyse Ashburn. She said it appeared the purchase of gift cards was for personal use.

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