- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia Bureau of Investigation official has been arrested for using state credit cards to buy items such as tires, a television and furniture.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles says 44-year-old Sandra Putnam is charged with racketeering Wednesday. Miles says an investigation revealed Putnam made more than 350 transactions and spent more than $87,000 within a three-year period.

Putnam is accused of ordering items for personal use and shipping them to her home. She forged receipts and other documents to support the purchases, before an investigation was opened earlier this month after the GBI notified of suspicious spending.

Putnam worked for the GBI for 21 years. She resigned Aug. 18.

Putnam is being held at the DeKalb County Jail on a $100,000 bond. It’s unclear if she has an attorney.

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