Former Arkansas county worker pleads guilty to using public funds to buy a dog tuxedo

Former Arkansas county worker pleads guilty to using public funds to buy a dog tuxedo
Grovie, a pug in a tuxedo, awaits the start of the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in June 2014 in California. A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official pleaded guilty Monday to fraudulently using the county’s credit card for personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet dog. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official pleaded guilty Monday to fraudulently using the county’s credit card for personal items, including a tuxedo for her dog.

According to The Associated Press, authorities said Kristi Lyn Goss, 44, fraudulently charged nearly $200,000 of personal expenses to a Garland County credit card. Items included dog tuxedo for her pet pug, as well as a diamond bracelet, tickets to sporting events, throw pillows, pet insurance, and personal bill payments.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Garland County Comptroller Susan Ashmore discovered discrepancies last year after Goss failed to pay county bills on time. Officials found the personal purchases charged to the card.

Goss was employed by Garland County from 2004 until she was terminated in June of last year, after the fraud allegations came to light.

The AP reported that a gag order prevents attorneys from speaking about the case publicly.

Goss is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 22.

56 Comments