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Employees used county credit cards to buy DVD players, PlayStations, video games, audit shows

June 15, 2010 |  7:12 pm

Los Angeles County employees employees appear to have used county-issued credit cards for personal items, including LCD televisions, DVD players, Sony PlayStations and video games, and barbecue grills, various sources have told Times columnist Steve Lopez.

The purchases were made at Best Buy, Sears and Home Depot.

The allegations are contained in an investigation being carried out by the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller's office. Top county officials are still awaiting the final report.

"I will tell you that when I looked at it, I was outraged," County Chief Executive William Fujioka told Lopez. "I told my folks to immediately start working with the [district attorney] on it."

 "I think the hammer will come down very hard," added Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Read Lopez's full column here.