DCCCD Is Having Trouble Finding Its Gas Credit Cards, Which Is How a Richland Cop Made Off With $16,700 In Fuel

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Stealing gas, like stealing other things, is, you know, illegal.
This spring, Dallas County Community College District's audit department began looking into the use of gas credit cards. Specifically, they were curious about record-keeping, the policies and procedures that are in place, and, um, where exactly they all were.

According to a report presented to the DCCCD's board on Tuesday, auditors created a database to see when and where the cards had been used.

"This revealed a large number of very unusual locations, sequential purchases and large quantities of gas purchased using several credit cards assigned to the police department at Richland College," the report notes.

Police Chief Robert Baker took over from there, performing an investigation of his own and eventually ferreting out a suspect from his 24-man department. That suspect, who the report does not identify, used police department gas cards to make off with about $16,700 over a year and a half. He was promptly fired.

If that gives you the impression that the district's oversight of its gas credit cards is incredibly, ridiculously lax, you're probably right. Auditors couldn't even find 10 of a sample of 64 active gas credit cards paid by the district. Those were promptly canceled.

The auditors' report assures readers that DCCCD is implementing new policies to regulate the use of gas credit cards and, ideally, make the embezzlement of large amounts of fuel much more difficult. Exactly what those policies are, why the district didn't have a mechanism for tracking card usage before, and whether the case was ever prosecuted, the report doesn't say. I've asked DCCCD spokeswoman Ann Hatch for some more detail, as well as the identity of the alleged thief.

Update at 2:26 p.m.: Hatch came through with some more details. The Richland PD kept the gas cards in question at first in a folder, then in a locked box inside a locked desk. The key to the desk was assigned to Officer Tonisha Johnson. When Chief Baker began noticing irregular charges, he reviewed his monthly budget report and initiated an investigation. Johnson resigned. DCCCD has not pursued any criminal charges.

Hatch is checking on the total number of gas cards the district has, as well as where they are kept.

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Edward
Edward

Are they planning on pursuing criminal charges?

 

I'm guessing that the DCCCD police force has arrested and charged (or whatever they are legally able to do) some people for far LESS than $16,000+, so why is one of their own off the hook?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Sounds like Mr Cop was hanging out at the pump selling gas on the company card for cash, ie get a fill up for $20 bucks.

ObserverHatesFacts
ObserverHatesFacts

Why does a community college district need gas cards to begin with?

yourhardlimits
yourhardlimits

@Dallas_Observer With that much fuel, at $3.49/gal & 25mpg, he could've driven half way to the moon. He might be wishing he had, now.

someone
someone

DCCCD management  is known for burying their heads in the sand, so to answer your question. They will probably just push it under the rug and hope everyone forgets about it because just taking a wild guess...there are probably more people involved in this gas card stealing scheme. We could almost bet that some people higher up have probably spent more than the 16,000 +. They will probably just ignore it just like they have ignored other "issues"

yesyoucan
yesyoucan

 @someone You are so right, someone, those dcccd upper management folks folks seem to be either blind or not too smart. How is it that they are not keeping up with wasteful spending. I guess they do not care because they are non-profit. We tax payers probably pay for most of what comes up "missing" and the "leadership" probably gets most of the benefits of the wasteful spending.

 

Just look at some of the articles about DCCCD and you can see that DCCCD's  leadership needs to either straightened out or someone needs to ship them all out.  Starting from the very top.

 

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/18576932/questionable-spending-at-the-dallas-county-community-college-district-foundation

  

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2010/04/mountain_view_college_vp_of_in.php

ObserverHatesFacts
ObserverHatesFacts

 @RTGolden1 I might not personally agree with it but I can at least see an argument for that. I'm really having trouble coming up with one for what appears to be a bottomless buffet of gasoline.

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