Senate Takes Strong Stance Against Illegal P-Card Purchases

March 11, 2008

(Atlanta, GA) – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle released the following statement regarding the State Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 548, which guarantees additional accountability to the state purchasing card program, government contracts and travel advances.

“Simply put, this bill holds state employees accountable for illegal purchases made with our taxpayer dollars.    We are increasing penalties and raising the bar of accountability because we will not allow our state dollars to be squandered or fraudulent purchases to be made.   I commend Senator Seabaugh for his work on this issue and look forward to further action on this bill from the House of Representatives,” said. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

“We have a responsibility on behalf of the taxpayers to ensure that our tax dollars are spent for legitimate and responsible purposes. This legislation will help to protect the public trust,” said Senator Mitch Seabaugh.

The additional penalties Senate Bill 548 puts into place for state employees who make illegal purchases include: 

  • An aggravated misdemeanor punishable up to one year in prison and with a fine of up to $5,000 for purchases valued under $500.
  • A felony punishable between one and twenty years in prison for purchases valued over $500, as well as a fine of up to $50,000 or triple the purchase price, whichever is greater.  Additionally, an employee’s retirement funds will be utilized to pay restitution until the state is repaid in full.
  • Reimbursement to the state with interest.
  • Risk for immediate termination.