Fmr. Garland Co. employee accused of using county credit card for $200K in personal uses
GARLAND COUNTY (KATV) —
A 43-year-old former Garland County employee is facing a number of charges after authorities say she spent nearly $200,000 for personal items on a county credit card.
Kristi Goss has been charged with seven felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.
The Arkansas State Police investigation into Goss began in July, after an auditor had noticed discrepancies on a Garland County credit card in May.
An audit found that Goss, who worked as the administrative assistant to Garland County Judge Rick Davis, had been using the county credit card for years to make personal purchases and pay bills. Judge Davis fired Goss after the audit.
Goss is accused of making $200,000 in personal charges to the card, with some charges going as far back as 2012.
According to the auditor's report, Goss used the county credit card to pay for her electric, water, and cell phone bills. She also used it to buy clothing, pay for her student's school meals, buy a diamond bracelet, buy nearly $1,000 worth of Razorbacks tickets, and buy pet insurance and the dog tuxedo, which was ordered from Amazon.
Channel 7 went to speak with Goss on Wednesday, but wouldn't go into details about the spending, citing her attorney's advice.
She faces between three and 20 years behind bars on each of those seven counts.