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I-Team Waste Watch: New documents reveal details in airport director case

Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An I-Team Waste Watch investigation continues Wednesday into an airport director's sudden resignation.

Cliff Moshoginis resigned last month as director of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, received a severance package of 12 weeks pay, and vacation time--around $30,000.

But the I-Team learned in documents acquired Wednesday that Moshoginis was going to be terminated anyway for lying about several local hotel stays he charged to his county credit card.

In 2012, records show Moshoginis charged 4 different hotel stays to his county credit card at a hotel near the airport.

Documents indicate that use of the county credit card for in-county hotel stays is not allowed.

Documents also indicate Moshoginis initially denied staying at the hotel and blamed accounting for errors for the charges. Later, under official investigation, he admitted to deputies that he did stay at the hotel during those days.

The documents show Moshoginis has only partially paid back the money for the hotel stays he charged to taxpayers.

A special county committee investigated the situation and reported its findings last month.

"In this case, the Fraud and Abuse Committee has lost confidence in Mr. Moshoginis to continue in his executive level position because of his actions that include an inappropriate use of a county credit card and lying about this use, which resulted in a financial loss to the county," the committee said.

"Consequently, the Fraud and Abuse Committee recommends that the Aeronautics Board terminate their contractual relationship with Mr. Moshoginis," the report added.

The I-Team broke the news last month that Moshoginis was also under investigation for a harassment complaint filed against him by a co-worker.

We were also the first to report last week that the county's attorney questioned Moshoginis having his secretary Linda Bunting accompany him on a trip to Arizona earlier this year.

In our investigation, we found Bunting and Moshoginis went on six overnight trips to airport conferences in three years at taxpayer expense.

The documents the I-Team obtained show Moshoginis still owes the county nearly $700 for the hotel rooms, even as he is being paid that severance package.

Moshoginis is not being criminally charged for the credit card misuse.
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