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 NOAA Employee Fired for Misuse of Purchase Card

January 27, 2009
A NOAA Corps shipboard employee misused his government purchase credit card for personal purchases. On November 11, 2008, a search warrant was served at a motorcycle specialty shop in Birmingham, Alabama. The employee's personal racing motorcycle was seized and found to contain $18,174 in aftermarket parts, paid for using the government purchase card. On January 27, 2009, the employee was removed for misuse of the purchase card. A criminal theft prosecution is pending with the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama.