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Business entertainment purchases banned from Hartford P-cards

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Mayor Pedro Segarra said Hartford employees will no longer able to use their city-issued credit cards for business entertainment. 

Purchasing cards, or P-cards, are used by 168 Hartford elected officials and city staff. They function like credit cards.

Last month, city council president Shawn Wooden and the popular blog, We the people Hartford, asked the audit commission to investigate the matter to determine if the P-card program was being abused at the expense of taxpayers.

The auditor reviewed the more than $761,000 worth of P-card purchases from June to March and is recommending some changes.

After the announcement Monday, one member of the city's audit commission believes even more should be done following a report released Friday on the P-card program

"I recommended that the council hire a private attorney to seek reimbursement for all the offenders," said  Bruce Rubenstein of Hartford Audit Commission. "And we're talking hundreds of transactions here, where there was either no backup, or insufficient backup."

Eyewitness News I-Team has been covering this story since hearing reports of an expensive New Year's Eve dinner at Max's Downtown for eight people, which was hosted by the mayor, and the $700 meal was charged to the P-card of his chief-of-staff.

The food bill was supposed to be split with half on the P-card, the rest on the mayor's card.

Segarra has claimed he reimbursed the city for half the meal soon after it was charged.

On Monday, his chief of staff said he just paid the other half of the expense, to end the distraction it has caused. 

To see the full receipt from the Max Downtown dinner, click here.

To read the full report, click the following link.

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

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