A former administrative assistant to county official judge in Arkansas has pleaded guilty on Monday to six felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pug.
According to the Associated Press, Kristi Goss, 44, spent $200,000 of public money by using a Garland County credit card to buy a diamond bracelet, tickets to Arkansas Razorbacks sporting events, sequined throw pillows, pet insurance and of course, the pet tux.
Goss worked as an administrative assistant for Garland County Judge Rick Davis in Hot Springs, not too far from Little Rock.
Davis issued a statement at the time of Goss' 2016 arrest, stating that was an employee he "inherited." In that statement, he said that when the payments were discovered, he contacted the the credit card company, state Legislative Audit, the prosecuting attorney, the sheriff, and the county attorney to request an investigation according to the Sentinel-Record.
"The termination process for this employee was initiated according to the steps outlined by counsel from the county attorney and county policy," Davis wrote in a statement.
The internet, on the other hand, is obsessed with the fact that Goss spent public money, and put her job and lifeline in jeopardy, over a tuxedo for her pet pug. It has sparked amusement and Twitter jokes.
Davis has said that Goss had worked for the county for 11 to 12 years before she was terminated. Her job duties included ordering and purchasing IT-type equipment for the county. She was also responsible for paying some bills.
A gag order prevents attorneys from speaking publicly about the case until Goss’ Novemeber 22 sentencing.
She could face up to 20 years in prison.
[Photo: Garland County Sheriff's Office]