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Sources: KBI investigating Unified Government purchasing card transactions in relation to search warrant

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KMBC 9 Investigates has learned the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into the use of county-issued purchasing cards in relation to a search warrant executed Wednesday at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.

Three sources, who did not want to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, said investigators are looking at potential misuse of the county-issued purchasing cards.

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The search warrant comes just one week after an outside consultant made a recommendation to the Unified Government Board of Commissioners to review and update the UG’s purchasing card policy. Right now, 363 Unified Government employees have active county-issued purchasing cards, according to the consultant’s presentation.

The firm, the Robert Bobb Group, found approximately 24,000 purchasing card transactions per year with the Unified Government over the past three years. During that time, the firm found the county has spent a total of $20.6 million, after interviewing Unified Government financial staff.

The firm found the county’s purchasing procedures and policies are often not followed and have not been updated since 2007, according to the presentation.

It is unclear, according to the sources, if the group’s recommendations led to the search warrant and investigation.

Unified Government Commissioner Melissa Bynum, on Thursday, referred questions about the search warrant and the investigation to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.


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Emails to other Unified Government commissioners on Thursday were not immediately returned.

A Kansas Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman said she could not share any additional information other than what was in a release sent Wednesday night.

In that release, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said that the search warrant relates to an ongoing investigation into allegations made against certain personnel of the Unified Government.

The Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office received information, reviewed it, and determined an investigation was warranted.

Investigators said the KBI initiated the case on June 23, and that the county administrator's office and the mayor's office were cooperating with the investigation.

Authorities said no arrests have been made. The investigation remains ongoing.

A Unified Government spokeswoman released a statement:

"The County Administrator's Office and the Mayor's Office are cooperating fully with the investigators. While the investigation remains ongoing, we are unable to otherwise comment on the matter."

If you have any information we should know about this search warrant, or the use of Unified Government purchasing cards, email investigative reporter Matt Flener at investigates@kmbc.com.

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