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State college worker illicitly billed $167,000 to school

A Framingham State University employee was fired after allegedly misusing a university procurement card for as much as $167,000 in illegitimate expenses, an official said Tuesday.

The university became aware of the expenses when reviewing spending statements, said Rita Colucci, chief of staff and general counsel.

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Colucci would not disclose the name of the individual, but said the person had been terminated. When the university became aware of the spending, it immediately notified campus police, who alerted the attorney general’s office. The university also notified the state auditor’s office, Colucci said.

The university believes that some of the spending may have been legitimate and that $167,000 is the maximum amount that may have been misspent, Colucci said.

The university’s procurement card program, which is similar to a company credit card, was suspended.

It could possibly be reimplemented in the future, but with new policies, procedures, and training for those using it, Colucci said.

The attorney general’s office said it had no comment on the case.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com.
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