Michelle Dunmeyer bought more than $15,000 in iPods, Game Boys, TVs and DVD players with her government-issued credit card.
And, she told investigators that her boss said it was OK. It wasn’t.
Dunmeyer, who worked for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to two counts of theft of government funds after she used a work-issued credit card to buy iPods and other tech gadgets as well as uniforms for her son’s baseball team, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
She also used a government-issued gasoline card to put a total of $6,000 worth of gas in her personal car.
As a contract specialist at the U.S. federal prison in Atlanta, Dunmeyer, 46, was given a credit card to buy things for the employees at the penitentiary. She also was given a gasoline card to buy gas for government-issued cars.
After racking up $15,000 in personal items, Dunmeyer submitted false documents so it looked like she made legitimate government expenses, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. When investigators interviewed Dunmeyer about the purchases, she said her supervisor allowed her to use a government-issued credit card for personal use, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Dunmeyer was indicted in October 2008 on five counts of stealing government funds and two counts of making material false statements to the special agencies investigating her case.
She pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing government funds with an aggregate value of more than $1,000.
Dunmeyer is scheduled to be sentenced on July 13 and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
She also will be ordered to pay restitution to the federal government.
– By Kristi E. Swartz, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Friday, May 14, 2010, Find this article at: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/federal-credit-card-used-527668.html.