A former Louisiana Workforce Commission employee will pay a $1,000 fine related to use of an agency credit card for personal purchases.
The fine is part of a settlement agreement Loretta Britt signed with the Louisiana Board of Ethics, in which she admits violating state ethics law.
The ethics agency worked out a payment plan with Britt. She has submitted her first monthly payment, according to a board report.
The Ethics Board had accused Britt of charging $2,500 in personal expenditures on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s “La Carte Purchasing Card.”
Britt admitted to violating a law that prohibits a public servant from receiving anything of economic value for the performance of their job, other than compensation and benefits from the governmental entity to which they are entitled.
Britt worked for the commission from April 2, 2009, until she resigned Aug. 15, 2012. She repaid the improper payments, the agency said.
“To give the appearance that the personal purchases were approved by her supervisor, Ms. Britt would have her supervisor approve one log without the personal purchases and then submit a log containing the personal purchases to Procurement,” the charge document stated. Britt made Louisiana Workforce Commission credit card purchases at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Paypal, Piccadilly, Raising Cane’s and McDonald’s.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission uses the credit card to make small purchases for the agency. The card was confined to orders less than $1,000 and for less than $5,000 a day.