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mike275132 Dec 7, 3:20 p.m.
Ah , Your State Tax money at work,
So nothing like living it up on the taxpayer's dime.
superman Dec 7, 9:55 a.m.
It didnt say but you are not allowed to take family members in a state owned vehicle. When you take your family on a business trip it becomes suspect immediately. So be best to go alone. It is not ok to submit bogus travel and then it is audtied and you are discovered and then you get by with just refunding the money. There should be a penatly for people like him who are dishonest.
censorbait Dec 7, 9:49 a.m.
He was just doing what the Obamas do. Outrageously expensive vacations are their stock in trade and he was just following suit with a $588 per night suite on the our dime. Wonder if he ordered lobster from room service a la Michelle O. When it comes to frugal and wise use of tax dollars our esteemed leader and his missus do not set a very good example.
GALNC Dec 7, 8:52 a.m.
First off..since he didn't have any documentation to show his meetigns/results I am suspect has to the business of this trip.
That being said, I have taken my family with me on trips. We booked my regular room...they had fun...I got to work 12 hour days. My expenses for food was covered. They paid for their own food, entertainment etc. I received the same room for my family (single room, double beds) and worked the entire trip.
SaveEnergyMan Dec 6, 7:41 p.m.
The problem is not that his family went - after all, the cost of a room and transportation is the same whether for one or four go. If he worked for most of the trip and the grant wasn't overcharged for his time, there is no problem with him using unpaid free time with his family.
The trouble comes in why he went and that it wasn't well documented. $588 per night had to be approved ahead of time by his supervisor since it is well beyond state rate. It would seem that he could stay elsewhere and drive an hour or two for that much of a cost difference. I think it could be said he is not a very good steward of the state's grant money. The DOT should keep that in mind next time he applies for a grant.
mgallen2 Dec 6, 6:57 p.m.
Clearly the TaxMan didn't take the time to read this article in its entirety.
"Bohlander said Nelson has repaid the DOT for the trips..."
Chris Carter voice: C'MON MAN!
Tax Man Dec 6, 6:41 p.m.
Why would he take his family on such a "work" trip? And surely the state should not pay for his family. So even if this was legit he should have only applied for the funds for his share of the trip. Make him pay it all back and put a letter in his file showing he was disciplined for this. And no more trips for the professor - in the future he needs to travel with his colleagues using school transportation and staying in public campgrounds.
lsdhome Dec 6, 6:10 p.m.
Ahhh, travel expenses... the bane of the public servant: so easily and so often accidentally mixed up with personal expenses.
storchheim Dec 6, 6:03 p.m.
I'm sure if I were caught stealing cash from my boss and just paid it back, I'd keep the job. Is this clown tenured?
lost in translation Dec 6, 5:50 p.m.
I take the wife and kids on my business trips all the time. I charge my company for hotel at the highest end places, have great meals, and fly first class. Nothing to see here folks. Move right along.
Sassie Licks Penis Dec 6, 5:28 p.m.
Also - this is why Wood should have been and was re-elected as State Auditor...and not Goldman.
Sassie Licks Penis Dec 6, 5:27 p.m.
Well seeing as how That College Down the Road let Tami Hansbrough and her boyfriend off the hook once the money was paid back, why would anybody else expect this guy to get punished?
$588/night? My tax dollars should not be paying that.
Frogm3n Dec 6, 5:20 p.m.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TOO ALL....
andy2 Dec 6, 5:09 p.m.
Relic - Please! This a few thousand, that has been repaid. Do you think this is the same?
mgallen2 Dec 6, 5:05 p.m.
Finally something for the Carolina fans to use to divert the scrutiny away from themselves. "Look what they're doing, Mom!"
patrick85ed Dec 6, 4:50 p.m.
After working there for many years I can say this is not news. Dig a little deeper and see what you uncover.
justabumer Dec 6, 4:44 p.m.
A problem at a university and it isn't in Chapel Hill? I'm shocked.
must b crazy Dec 6, 4:43 p.m.
Where do I to sign up to help with the 2013 validation phase of his study. I'm particularly interested helping around June/July...
Relic Dec 6, 4:41 p.m.
Oooookkkaayyyy....And the folks from NCSU that have been bashing the UNC audits are where??? Anyone? Bueller?
ripetomatoes Dec 6, 4:36 p.m.
We in NC need a huge government department created solely to monitor the expenditures of state employees to prevent such corrupt activities.
Oh darn, if we create this huge government department, who will monitor their activities?
Where does integrity begin or end in our state government.
storchheim Dec 6, 4:30 p.m.
Who did he think he was, Mary Easley?
weasel2 Dec 6, 2:47 p.m.
OK pay it back and we wont do anything. I think that could be considered fraud as the state is pretty clear on how you document trips/travel and spending money
Karmageddon Dec 6, 2:44 p.m.
Go get 'em Beth
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03