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March 4, 2008

Former Georgia Tech employee indicted in 'P-Card' scheme

Submitted by the U.S. Attorney's Office

ATLANTA — Donna Renee Gamble, 43, of Marietta, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges arising out of a scheme to defraud the Georgia Institute of Technology ("Georgia Tech") and the National Science Foundation (“NSF”), an agency of the United States Government. Gamble is expected to make an initial appearance before a federal magistrate tomorrow.

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said of the case, “This indictment sends a message to all employees with access to government funded credit cards that the unauthorized use of public funds will not be tolerated.”

Dr. Christine Boesz, Inspector General of the National Science Foundation, said of the Indictment, “I am pleased by this important step in this investigation, and I thank those who have assisted in protecting the taxpayers' money. I look forward to the resolution of this case and working with the involved parties to ensure the integrity of NSF funding for research.”

According to United States Attorney Nahmias, and other information presented in court: Gamble was employed by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where she was assigned to the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. As an employee of Georgia Tech, Gamble had access to one or more Georgia Tech credit cards, also known as Procurement Cards or "P-Cards," which she was allowed to use for authorized official business purchases only. Gamble was prohibited from charging personal purchases on her Georgia Tech P-Cards. From April 2002 through April 2007, Gamble allegedly used her Georgia Tech P-Cards to purchase more than 3,800 personal items, at a total cost of more than $316,000. In an effort to conceal and disguise the personal nature of certain charges on her Georgia Tech P-Cards, Gamble allegedly created fake receipts, which she submitted to her supervisor, and made false entries in Georgia Tech's accounting records. Grant money provided to Georgia Tech by the NSF was used to pay for Gamble’s personal purchases.

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