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Government Official Busted Using Tax Payers' Money - You Won't Believe What She Bought

An audit revealed that one government employee was using state funds for her own enjoyment. In fact, she was using them for her dog's enjoyment, too.

One dog in Arkansas is going to be the best-dressed dog in the state, but, unfortunately, his owner is going to jail. The woman, a public employee, had access to the county's credit card, so she started buying herself things she'd always wanted. She now faces up to 100 years in jail.

Kristi Lyn Goss, a 44-year-old administrative assistant to a Garland County judge, had access to the county credit card because it was her job to make the payments. At some point, she started using the numbers to make purchases for herself.

The earliest charges go back to 2011. Nearly $5,000 went to pay Goss's phone bill over the years, and over $4,000 to pay her electric. She used the card to pay car payments and her own personal real estate taxes as well. Goss also treated herself to a few luxuries, such as sequined throw pillows, a diamond tennis bracelet and tickets to the Arkansas Razorbacks games.

The county employee didn't forget her pet, either. She purchased pet insurance and even bought her dog a tuxedo. Purchases like these became some huge red flags that later got the attention of city officials.

Goss's employer took handling the credit card off Goss's duty list in 2015 because Goss wasn't paying bills on time and the accounts seemed to be muddled. According to Cathy Gaylene Tankersley, the woman who handles the county's accounts payable, Goss was always submitting confusing invoices that wouldn't balance with the bills, she would always be trying to rush late payments through and hand a myriad of excuses.

Once Goss was off the job, they found that she had made unauthorized purchases for IT equipment for the office, and that there was an outstanding bill on the card. Upon more careful examination of the bills, Goss's personal purchases were discovered. An investigation found that Goss had made more than $200,000 worth of unauthorized charges over a period of four or five years.

Judge Rick Davis, for whom Goss worked, said he 'inherited' the employee. Goss had been working at the county for about 11 years. Davis terminated Goss and said in a statement, "I hope for swift justice in this situation and hope a message has been sent to all that any and all misconduct and noncompliance with county policy and the law will not be tolerated and appropriate actions will always be taken to bring justice."

Goss will be standing trial on Tuesday, but she pleaded guilty at the pre-trial hearing. She was released on $50,000 bond and has been given a gag order so she has not commented.

Goss has been charged with six counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Two counts, involving amounts of over $25,000 each, can carry a prison sentence of 20 years. The other counts, involving more than $5,000 each, carry a maximum sentence of up to 10 years.

Source: HuffPost
Photo: Garland County Sheriff's Office, Twitter, Youtube

Some observers noted that, at least, her dog must look cute.

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