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Dallas school district credit card abuse

Kent Fischer, Tawnell D. Hobbs and Molly Motley of the Dallas Morning News analyzed local school district credit card transactions to find that "only a fraction of purchase receipts are scrutinized, and thousands of purchases run afoul of DISD policy and state purchasing laws." Among the $20 million spent each year by district employees with credit cards were purchases for "a $200 blanket and pillow set from The Land of Nod, $1,700 in electric scooters, $200 in moisturizer from Bath and Body Works, and a $24.95 charge to an online dating service," Millions have also been spent at restaurants and on insentive gifts. One administrator - who is no longer with the district - spent over $1,500 on bullet-shaped flasks engraved with the school logo defending his purchase by saying "the flasks were to get teachers thinking about "Biting the Bullet," to crack down on discipline problems in the coming year."

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