For your dose of Monday morning irritation, there's more news coming from the General Services Administration investigation. Meet Coleen Newton-White, a GSA contractor, who made $300,000 between 2008 and 2010 by expensing other people's fuel. And between October 2010 and last September, there have been some 63 cases similar to hers (stealing/misusing GSA funds).
According to the Los Angeles Times' Ian Duncan, Newton-White and her husband "would take General Services Administration credit cards from the motor pool at Ft. Monroe, Va., and use them to sell fuel at a discount to cash customers who pulled up to service stations five at a time." Okay, so that's not taking elaborate trips like the ones Jeff Neely took on taxpayer's dimes, and in fact the whole thing sounds a bit elementary, but, as the Inspector General reported, it was very profitable:
According to the evidence introduced at trial, the defendant convinced his former wife to systematically steal GSA fleet Credit Cards from the Fort Monroe Motor Pool
He [White Newton's husband] then found numerous customers from the Newport News and Hampton area to purchase gasoline and sometimes diesel fuel for $1.50 a gallon and pay White in currency or checks. The credit card bills were paid by the Government and amounted to losses in excess of $300,000.00.
It's a bit difficult to tell the bigger outrage. Was it White-Newton's scheme? Or the fact that it went largely unchecked until two years had passed and $300,000 had already been made?