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NY Inspector General Says Gas Pumps Ripe for Theft

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Albany, NY – New York Inspector General Ellen Biben says a review of 12 state agencies shows inadequate controls over state-operated gas pumps and inconsistent policies on using state credit cards, showing fuel systems ripe for theft and abuse. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

While the state spent $69 million last year on fuel, Biben says investigators found unlocked pumps at un-staffed fueling sites, manual pump stations with no dispensing limits and facilities that simply do not review fuel transactions.

Among theft cases, a 2009 investigation found a highway maintenance supervisor had stolen 42% of the fuel dispensed from one pump.

Biben is recommending electronic control systems linking identification numbers with fuel use and other measures to track use.

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.

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