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Audit cites misuse of Shepherd University credit cards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Misuse of state P-Card credit cards by staff for inappropriate purchases — in one case, including condoms and sexual enhancement aids — continues to be a problem at Shepherd University, legislative auditors said Sunday.

Inappropriate transactions cited in Sunday’s audit include $1,271 for non-work-related dress clothes purchased by campus police; over $1,000 for personal, apparently non-travel-related meals; $1,150 for rental of a car for six weeks; and $56 for condoms, K-Y Jelly and sexual enhancement products called “Vital Erotic Shots” purchased at a local drug store and billed to the RA (resident assistants) program.

The ongoing audit was prompted by the 2013 indictment of a former university employee accused of making more than $86,000 in personal purchases on her university P-Card.

“Shepherd University’s P-Card program has multiple issues creating a high risk environment for the misuse of P-Cards potentially resulting in fraudulent expenditures and ultimately costing the state money,” the audit concluded.

Alan Perdue, general counsel for the university, told legislators Sunday that the university is working to implement new P-Card and procurement practices…

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