Top aide used state card for personal purchases

April 26, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (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 while using a state-issued credit card.

Keith Gardner’s use of the card for purchases of items ranging from auto tires to cellphone accessories violated state policy and procedures, the Albuquerque Journal ( ) reported Friday.

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.

He typically made reimbursements for purchases between one and three Login to read more

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