State Auditor Stacey Pickering said that fraud in governmental office is typically the result of greed.
Pickering was the guest speaker at the Magee Lions Club on Monday. He told the group that since becoming State Auditor in 2008, his office has been responsible for recovering over $20 million in embezzled, misspent or misappropriated funds.
Pickering said that normally these issues begin with something simple. As an example, he cited a government worker’s need for paper for a child’s project. They take it and nothing happens and next they are filling personal vehicles with gasoline at the expense of the taxpayers. He said it snowballs from there.