Submitting expenses without receipts constitutes theft

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Scott Sutherland


I am responding to your Feb. 2 article “Legislators change way they get paid.” I spent many years in corporate America and completed expense reports every month. Every expense, whether a $1 or $500, required a receipt. One of the fastest ways to destroy a corporate career was to falsify an expense report. That was theft.

According to the article “Lawmakers were able to claim lodging and meal expenses even when they weren’t incurred.” Why were Lawmakers allowed to do this? Either a lawmaker incurred an expense or did not incur an expense. If a lawmaker submitted an expense they did not actually incur, this is theft from the taxpayer. Nothing blurry about that!

Scott Sutherland

Pleasant View

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