SANTA FE, N.M. A recent audit found that the Public Regulation Commission failed to keep the records they should for using state vehicles. This included the fact that $32,259 in possibly unauthorized gas purchases were made with credit cards issued by the commission.
The crux of the problem lies in the fact that there is little documentation in the travel logs kept by the commissions members to show why gas purchases were made, and there are no receipts to support many of the purchases made with gas cards.
This investigation comes on the heels of a scandal involving the fraudulent use of a gas card by a former commissioner. He has already pleaded guilty to a number of felonies. According to the recent audit, he made $8,842 in improper purchases with his card.
Auditors also said 20 individuals bought premium gas, a direct violation of state regulations.