L.A. City employees may have used taxpayer-purchased fuel for their own personal vehicles after an estimated $7 million in gasoline remains unaccounted for.
"People overrode the system that normally would tell you which vehicle it is in, how it’s being used,” said Greuel.
The tracking systems used to inventory the nearly $29 million spent on buying 14 million gallons of gasoline, natural gas and diesel fuel to power vehicles including garbage trucks, helicopters and police cruisers can be bypassed either manually or with so-called “master cards” assigned to each of the city’s 141 fuel sites.
The tools to bypass the tracking system are supposed to be used only when normal systems fail. But auditors found they were used to dispense millions of gallons of fuel over a 22-month period beginning in 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Greuel said the lack of oversight is unacceptable considering both the cost and the scope of the tracking system.
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