Dog Tuxedo Doesn’t Add Up On Government Expenses

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
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People will indulge their pets in fru-fru clothing and accessories because, hey, why not? An Arkansas woman took it too far though, using an official government credit card to buy her dog a tuxedo and now faces up to 100 years in prison.

Kristi Lyn Goss of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was an administrative assistant for the county judge in Garland County, Arkansas. As such, she had access to an official county credit card, and unfortunately used it inappropriately.

Spending nearly $200,000 in unauthorized and illegal purchases (including things like $4,400 utility bills and $5,000 cellular bills), Goss has allegedly been embezzling money since December 2011.

Some of the things Goss bought with the credit card were sequined pillows for her home, a diamond bracelet and Arkansas Razorbacks game tickets, but what we find funny is the purchase that finally drew attention to the fraud. Turns out that earlier this year, around the time that Goss’s children attended prom, Goss used the county credit card to purchase a tuxedo. Pretty typical for prom season, right?

Except the tuxedo she bought was for her Pug.

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That’s right, Goss allegedly used the credit card to buy her dog a tuxedo (because, hey, prom apparently is a family affair!) and that purchase triggered an investigation with county auditors and put them hot on her trail of fraud.

The judge for whom Goss was an assistant, Judge Ricky Davis, said that once they discovered all the irregularities, they took action to collaborate with authorities and investigate. Goss began employment with the county in 2004, but was terminated June 3, not long after the dog tuxedo purchase was discovered.

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Goss was arrested and released on $50,000 bail, and faces charges that would keep her in prison for 100 years if sentenced to the full penalties of the law.

The amount she paid for her Pug’s formal wear is unknown, but we are pretty sure that a suit designed by Louis Vuitton himself is not worth that price tag! Sure hope she got pictures!

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