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Credit card charges made by Hartford employees under investigation

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Officials at Hartford City Hall are giving answers on questions about purchases made with credit cards issued to employees, known as P-cards.

Last month, several City Council members asked the audit commission to investigate the matter.

City officials responded to the freedom of information request on P-card purchases made by Eyewitness News.

Some of the charges raised some eyebrows with residents including:

  • $700 dinner at Max's Downtown on New Year's Eve hosted by Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra for several city employees and a few other invited guests.
  • $7,400 in bills at the Hotel Palomar in California by Hartford's Director of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation Jose-Colon-Rivas.

"That seems like a lot," said Mary Vivo, of Hartford. 

Sources at Hartford City Hall told Eyewitness News the hotel charges were for 13 people from Hartford community based groups, and the city was reimbursed by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Segarra discussed his tab at Max's Downtown with Eyewitness News.

"You must remember that our entire cabinet was at work that evening doing an event known as First Night out," he said. "In essence, the cabinet was giving up their night with their families to put itself at the city's disposition. Having said that, the dinner that you referred to, I paid half the cost of the dinner."

Hartford's audit commission is conducting a large scale investigation of P-card purchases.

To view the recent P-card purchases, click the following link.

For more on this story, click the following link, wethepeoplehartford.blogspot.com/.

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