Veteran GBI inspector jailed on racketeering charge

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former high-ranking employee of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation now faces racketeering charges after an internal criminal investigation.

The GBI reported that Inspector Sandra Putnam turned herself in to DeKalb County Jail Wednesday afternoon after 21 years of service with the agency.

On Aug. 17, the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Office of Attorney General notified the GBI of irregularities in purchase card transactions on what is also known as a p-card.

As a result of regular DOAS audits, they were able to determine that the p-card assigned to Putnam had been used for more than 350 transactions totaling over $87,000.  The investigation also turned up that Putnam allegedly had items shipped directly to her home and altered invoices to show legitimate purchases before submitting them to the card management system.

As a result of the criminal investigation by the GBI, agents executed a search warrant at her home and relieved her of her duties as an agent.

She subsequently resigned from her position on Aug. 18 and has since been charged and booked for one count of Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization (RICO).

Just hours later she was released on $100,000 bond.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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