Luxuries on public dime

Number 27892
Subject Taxpayers
Source Belleville News-Democrat
State
Year 2016
Publication Date June 3 - Dec. 26, 2016
Summary Based on public financial records obtained through an FOI request, a Belleville News-Democrat investigation found that more than $230,000 was spent on a taxpayer-supported American Express card over four years used by East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton. He used the card to buy construction materials, take Las Vegas trips, purchase gas for his private vehicle, and buy dinners and gifts for political friends. Hamilton pleaded guilty to federal charges for misusing public funds.
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Keywords local; government; money; spending; luxury; private
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