A Florida report shows that a city worker, Natwaina Clark, has been arrested after being caught funneling more than $100,000 of government money in order to pay for a Brazilian butt lift surgery.
The Gainesville Sun says the report shows the 33-year-old Clark also used city money for her cable television bill, food, highway tolls, a television and other expenses.
Clark pled not guilty to charges of larceny and scheme to defraud. However, department heads are also to blame as they failed to check their expense reports, and continued to allow Clark access to credit cards she should not have been able to use.
The Daily Mail reports:
An investigative report revealed Clark, 33, charged her city-issued credit card 136 times for roughly $61,000 in unauthorized charges and used her bosses’ cards at least 31 more times for an additional $31,000, between November 2015 and March 2017.
Department heads failed to notice the extravagant spending allowing the funds to be continued to be misspent.
They were found to be negligent in allowing Clark access to their cards and had not reviewed expense reports for more than a year.
It wasn’t until the department was found to have overspent its budget that the legitimacy of some of the purchases was questioned.
Clark who was on a salary of $33,500 managed to funnel roughly $41,000 to her personal PayPal account which was linked to her bank account with $8,500 going towards a Brazilian butt lift – a procedure that sees fat from one part of the body used to augment the buttocks.
Purchases also show that Clark paid more than $2,400 to Cox Communications for her cable bill, spent $1,000 at CVS, $700 at Sam’s Club for food and $680 to her toll pass.
Clark was described as an intelligent worker who could even have earned promotions had she not made the purchases.
The report as seen by the The Gainesville Sun said Clark was ‘living beyond her means.’
On one occasion she send an ‘Edible Arrangements’ bouquet to her office claiming that it was from a generous boyfriend.
The gift later showed up as a $123 expense on her city-issued Visa card.
Clark had previously been arrested in other Florida counties having used an HR position to illegally obtain other employees’ banking and personal information before selling the data to a third party.
She was charged with seven felonies but those were later dismissed after she pleaded no contest and served probation.