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A review of the state's transparency website shows how Treasurer Lynn Fitch has selfishly wasted Unclaimed Property funds on office luxuries while claiming she can’t publish and advertise the list of unclaimed property owners in order to be “fiscally responsible.”
Among the items she purchased:
$610 for a “frosted” office door
$1,015 for portrait photography. $520 of this amount was for "retouching images" of Lynn Fitch.
$310 for member dues to the MS Bar Association dues (being an attorney is not a requirement to serve as Treasurer).
$79,375 for new furniture, including sofa tables, buffet credenzas, club chairs, end tables, and 6ft bookcases.
The bulk of this was spent during her first year in office in 2012. Fitch did the same thing upon becoming director of the State Personnel Board in 2009 and 2010, when she spent at least $23,000 taxpayer dollars on these items in her office:
kidney desk 2/22/10 $1899
credenza 2/22/10 $1599
hutch 2/22/10 $1699
lateral file cabinet 2/22/10 $775
lateral file 2/22/10 $599
framed art 8/28/09 $898
conference chairs 7/29/09 $3432
headrest task chair 3/30/09 $852
black curio storage 7/7/09 $439
paint for executive suite 2/1/10 $1000
tile 2/18/10 $125
bath hardware 2/15/10 $444
carpet 2/3/10 $1413
renovation work 4/30/10 $5020
renovation work 4/30/10 $7250