Credit Card Fever

Prepared by D.T. Carter and M. MacInnis

In a review of his expense reports, Peter Miller, an MLA and member of his government’s cabinet, was found to have charged personal expenses to his government credit card over a period of nine months. Among the $12,000 of charges were a vacation to the Caribbean and made-to-measure suits. Also, further examination of his report revealed several thousands of dollars spent at local adult entertainment establishments and charged off as business meeting expenses.

Upon questioning, Miller reasoned that he used his government credit card for personal use because he hadn’t one of his own; he always intended to reimburse the government for those expenses. Regarding the expenditures incurred in the adult entertainment establishments, Miller claimed poor judgement as his sole defence.

What should the government do?

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