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Expense report of Regional Transit Authority CEO Michael Ford under review

DETROIT – The Regional Transit Authority is considering whether their CEO, Michael Ford, should stay or get a pink slip.

The transit mogul allegedly used thousands of dollars for such things as expensive boutique hotels and trips to attend meetings at which he never actually appeared.

Ford wrote a check to the RTA for $18,000, money the RTA says is payback for overpayments.

Expense reports reveal expensive and lavish business trips stemming back to 2015. The first questionable expense was a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a travel conference.

Ford allegedly went there two days before the conference and came back two days after it, and spent as much as $560 a night in the JW Marriott hotel during that time.

The other notable expense on the report was a trip to San Francisco in October 2015, during which Ford stayed for two nights at a boutique hotel costing over $500 a night.

Ford was also reimbursed for gasoline expenses which came in hundreds of dollars at a time.

The RTA board emerged after an hour-long executive session, and its chairman, Paul Hillegonds, reported:

"We had a lengthy discussion, and our review of contract issues is still ongoing we've made no final decision."

Whether Ford's payments solve his problems or make them worse is anyone’s guess.
 


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