Mayor Luke Ravenstahl told the P-G last night that financial documents will disprove contentions by an ex police bodyguard that his security detail inappropriately used debit cards at the heart of the FBI's ongoing investigation.
Now City Controller Michael Lamb wants to see the documents too.
Lamb (along with councilman Bill Peduto) is challenging Ravenstahl in the Democratic primary for mayor this May, and in a letter issued from his government office (not his campaign, in other words) he asks Ravenstahl to hand over all statements and receipts related to the debit card spending within 10 days.
"To the degree these cards and or accounts were used for personal expenditures, please have the officers provide information on how and when reimbursement was effectuated," he writes. "The Controller's office pre-audits all expenditures of the City of Pittsburgh and given that these debit cards were used for official purposes these expenditures must follow the city's public process."
The full letter is below:
The Honorable Luke Ravenstahl
510 City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Dear Mayor Ravenstahl,
Given comments you made yesterday in the media regarding expenditures made by members of your security detail for official purposes from bank accounts that have not been authorized by the City of Pittsburgh, I am requesting that detailed information of those accounts, expenditures, receipts and reimbursements be provided to the Controller's Office for the necessary and required audits of those expenditures.
Please have each of your detail officers provide copies of all periodic statements and receipts related to the debit cards that they have been issued or for any related accounts. If those statements are no longer in their possession please have them request copies of the statements from the issuing financial institution. These records should be delivered to the Controller's Office as soon as possible but certainly within the next ten days.
To the degree these cards and or accounts were used for personal expenditures, please have the officers provide information on how and when reimbursement was effectuated.
The Controller's office pre-audits all expenditures of the City of Pittsburgh and given that these debit cards were used for official purposes these expenditures must follow the city's public process.
As our process proceeds we may make seek your assistance in gaining additional information and records but, for now, the periodic statements, receipts and reimbursement information will satisfy our initial inquiry.
Thank you, in advance, for your action on this matter.
Michael E. Lamb