NM aide used state card for personal purchases

Created: 04/25/2014 11:57 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's chief of staff has reimbursed the state over the past two years for nearly $5,000 of personal purchases that he made using a state-issued credit card.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Keith Gardner's use of the card for purchases of items ranging from auto tires to cellphone accessories violates state policy and procedures.
Gardner told the newspaper that his use of the card for personal purchases was "poor practice and sloppy" but the fact that he reimbursed the state shows he had no intent to defraud taxpayers.
However, Gardner says that from now on that any planned use of the card by him is subject to prior approval by other senior officials in the Governor's Office,

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