Wright Express Corporation

City wasted $918,000 on gas cards, inspector general finds

Baltimore city employees wasted nearly $1 million in recent years purchasing fuel at private gas stations instead of filling up at cheaper, government-owned pumps, the city's inspector general reported Tuesday.

Inspector General David N. McClintock probed expenses under a contract with Wright Express Financial Services, which managed gasoline credit cards given to some city employees, partly for use while traveling, from 2007 to 2012.

McClintock concluded that a small program initially intended for limited law enforcement purposes, such as letting sheriff's deputies transporting prisoners fill up on road trips, expanded greatly and led to questionable spending. In some...