Natwaina Clark. (Source: the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department)

A former Gainesville, Florida, city employee has been charged with stealing nearly $100,000 from the municipal government.

Of the more than $93K stolen by Natwaina Clark during her 177 illegal purchases with city funds, nearly $10,000 went toward paying for a Brazilian butt lift, Gainesville.com reports.

The investigative report released on Wednesday found that former city staff specialist Clark, 33, used her city-issued credit card 136 times, spending approximately $61,000 in unauthorized charges. She also used her bosses’ credit card at least another 36 times and a co+worker’s card another five times between November 2015 and March 2017.

The investigation didn’t just snag Clark; investigators discovered that her department heads also performed their duties negligently, which allowed the city funds to be misspent.

Investigators found that she funneled over $40,000 to her personal Paypal account which was linked to her bank account. They found that $8,500 of the money went to getting the butt lift.

According to investigators, Clark was a great employee that would have gotten promotions if she hadn’t stolen from the company and gotten fired.

Purchase records show Clark paid $2,413 to Cox Communications, spent $1,011 at CVS, $739 at Sam’s Club for food items, $680 to her personal SunPass account and bought a “large” TV.

Clark, whose salary was $33,500, was terminated from her position on March 21 while on a cruise, the report said. She was arrested March 28 and charged with larceny and scheme to defraud, both felonies.

This was not the first time employers have had trouble with Clark.

When she worked in Orlando at Hughes Supply she used her human resources position to illegally obtain employees’ banking records and personal information in order to sell it off to a third party.

She was charged with seven felonies in relation to that scam.

 

Terry Shropshire

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