NDOT misuse of company credit cards leads to change

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Updated: 4/23/2014 8:11 am
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Nevada Department of Transportation is making a few changes to its purchasing and credit card policies.

This comes after the arrest of a Tal Pierre Smith, who is accused of using his state credit card to pay for his gambling addiction. Investigators say the NDOT employee bought items using his card and sold or pawned them for cash.

Authorities say over a three year period, he had 76 questionable purchases totaling a quarter of a million dollars. NDOT tells News 4 they've made a few changes.

The most significant change involves two of its stock rooms that were under state-wide management; now they are managed under smaller districts making the authorization of a purchase more local, giving the procedure an additional check and balance system.

An NDOT spokesman also told News 4 the agency is discussing the use of an outside auditor to fully review its purchasing procedures.

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