Review Raises Questions About Waste Board Charges

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A review of credit card bills shows a Lake County board created to promote recycling has used taxpayer money for hotel stays, a surfboard and Victoria's Secret clothing.

The Times in Munster found more than $1,300 was charged in 2008 to a district credit card so a board member and three family members could attend the musical “Jersey Boys” in Chicago. It also found more than $15,000 had been spent for clothing and accessories from 2007 to June 2014.

Other expenses included more than $43,400 for travel and conference and training fees.

Acting Director Jeanette Romano and board Chairman David Hamm say they are seeking ways to improve the review of waste district credit card use or eliminate use of the cards altogether.