Posted by Just-Charge-It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 9:46 am
So .. the merchandise had to be delivered somewhere, somehow. Is anyone going to pursue this, and at least see if the person using this credit card was a County employee?
Since the charges against the credit card were dropped by the vendor, then the County isn't directly involved any more. Presumably the card has been cancelled by now, but if one County card can be "cloned", then perhaps others have too.
At $4K-$5K, this illegal use of the credit card would seem to qualify as grand theft.
Posted by Not an issue, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 9:55 am
This is not the first report of misuse of her credit card. About a month ago there was a report in the local papers ( which the Weekly did not report on ) that kniss had misused her credit card while supervisor. Now this.
Perhaps the weekly should do some real reporting on this matter. Note the obviously slanted position to the story above. Also note that kniss bought advertising in the weekly during the last election cycle. And note that the weekly has ALWAYS enthusiastically endorsed kniss every time she ran for office.
Posted by JA3+, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 10:10 am
More details are needed here; Kniss would be wise to allow the County Auditor to review any and all correspondence -- written; oral; cell phone; credit card statements; receipts; computer emails -- related to this alleged theft.
Posted by Unnamed, a resident of the Esther Clark Park neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 11:09 am
"whose name and business she said she did not remember" is such an odd sentence in this story. Wouldn't this have been important enough to write down? Does not the bookkeeper mentioned in the story remember?
Filsaime seems to be hawking a large number of Internet-related products/services, one of which he describes as:
The Exact System I Am Using Right Now To Make $1.74 Million A Year Will Be Revealed On This Webinar! Here’s a bulletproof plan you can tap into immediately to grow a serious online income… Starting This Week. Even If You’re Tried And Failed In The Past!
Interesting that none of the papers in Ms. Kniss home town have ever looked at her charge card expenditure, before now.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Mar 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm
I'm no fan of hers but her not recalling the company name doesn't seem that odd. She's a busy politician & it wasn't get purview to chase it down. It likely wasn't important to her to deal w/it as she clearly had other priorities. Back when I knew her, she would hyper-focus on her goals & what mattered to her & forgot lots of other things the rest of us considered relevant - she's always had loyalists pickIng up the pieces.
Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm
@Just-Charge- It looks like the card was used to purchase online education videos about currency trading from Forex Mentor, so there probably was no physical delivery of goods. If anyone cared to look into it, they could start with the IP address of the purchaser..
Posted by Not an issue, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm
The weekly should look at the Metro and the work they did on the shirakawa affair. The weekly could learn a lesson n investigative journalism ( not that the weekly would investigate a client and a buddy) .
In fact the above article lists no author. Makes me wonder if the weekly asked Liz to write the article herself. Those that say that Liz is self serving have her down to a T.
Posted by Not an issue, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm
Just charge it-- the daily post and the daily news did have an article a couple of weeks ago about misuse of the card while supervisor. The weekly chose not to report on it ( no point in investigating a client).
Looks like now even the weekly could not ignore the story, though their report is so vanilla and empty.
Posted by Just-Charge-It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm
> Radical thought: Maybe her card was cloned and
> she was the victim of identity fraud.
Maybe. But how does someone "clone" a card that he/she has never seen before? More likely that someone has had access to that card, and maybe even might be a County employee, or an employee of a Supervisor.
Just today, a Sacramento Aide to the Mayor has pleaded guilty to a misappropriation of funds--
And the papers are still carrying articles about Kniss' former colleague--Big George.
Kniss would have been in a better position with the electroate if she had overtly offered to work with the SCC Auditors to track down the person who misused/cloned her card. As quoted in the various papers--it just didn't seem to be much of an issue with her.
Even the charge to the PA Chamber of Commerce is questionable, since that is a private organization--which doesn't do business with the County. Kniss would have been better off paying for this out of her personal funds, or lobbied the Chamber to "comp her".
It would be very difficult to find Kniss ever weighing in against fraud and corruption in government. This is just another example of how she seems to see all of this as a big game, and a toy for her to play with.