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Hartford City Council postpones debate on P-card investigation

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

There was a call for the state attorney's office to investigate use of city credit cards; however, the Hartford City Council postponed the debate.

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.

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 Pedro Segarra. 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.

Last week, 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.

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

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