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April 8, 2014

Credit card investigation wrapped up

Lawyer reports officials did not know about specific expenses


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Other spending included more than $3,200 for party supplies, ranging from candy and hot dogs to raffle tickets and folding tables.

The $85-a-ticket tournament was held June 3 at the Lockport Town and Country Club. It was set up by Lock 34 Bar & Grill which is owned by Junke’s brother, Brian.

An attempt to reach Junke's attorney George V.C. Muscato was unsuccessful Tuesday. Muscato said in February the golf tournament brought in $1,500, with which Junke made four deposits.

Former Mayor Michael W. Tucker gave Junke the card. Tucker has said she was encouraged to fund raise for her department because it had been underfunded for a few years.

“The former mayor authorized the use of the credit card, but did not give explicit approval for all of the items purchased,” Doyle said.

Doyle said not all the bills Junke submitted were paid. The city refused to pay a limousine bill of “north of $2,000” for transporting the six visitors and their companions because it wasn’t put on the credit card.

During her first month in office, McCaffrey had both of the city credit cards destroyed. They will eventually be replaced with closely-monitored purchasing cards.

Ottaviano said he had instructed McCaffrey not to answer questions or make statements about the case. She was even asked to leave the room when the Council went into executive session to discuss Doyle's report, which was done orally.

Prior to taking office in February, McCaffrey as Common Council president initiated the credit card investigation.  

Doyle was hired in February at $200-an-hour. The time hasn't been added up yet, so a total cost of the investigation wasn't available Tuesday. Junke is on medical leave because of injuries related to a fall on an icy sidewalk in January.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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