Documents reveal North Providence superintendent spending on school credit card

(JL) NOW IN-DEPTH COVERAGE OF A STORY WE'VE BEEN TRACKING SINCE LAST MONTH ON THE INVESTIGATION INTO QUESTIONABLE SPENDING BY THE NOW FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTH PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS (PL) THIS MORNING WE ARE GETTING A CLOSER LOOK AT EXACTLY WHAT BRIDGET MORRISSEAU BOUGHT USING A SCHOOL DISTRICT ISSUED CREDIT CARD WHICH IS FUNDED BY NORTH PROVIDENCE TAXPAYERS (JL) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER ALEXANDRA LESLIE IS LIVE IN OUR BREAKING NEWS CENTER WITH THE NEW OVERNIGHT DETAILS (AL) JULIANNE, PATRICK LATE LAST NIGHT EYEWITNESS NEWS OBTAINED THIS PILE OF DOCUMENTS

TAKE A LOOK — AROUND 130 PAGES IN ALL IT INCLUDES SPREADSHEETS

AND RECEIPTS ALL DETAILING WHAT BRIDGET MORRISSEAU BOUGHT ON HER TOWN ISSUED CREDIT CARD DURING HER TIME AS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT THE FIRST PAGE DETAILS THE START OF AN EXPLANATION FROM MORRISEAU, WHEN THE SCHOOL'S BUSINESS DEPARTMENT WAS FIRST NOTIFIED ABOUT FRADULENT CHARGES ON THE SCHOOL'S CREDIT CARD BY CITIZENS BANK

IN MAY, THE CHARGES WERE LOOKED AT BY ANOTHER SCHOOL OFFICIAL, AND IDENTIFIED CHARGES TO A CONNECTICUT RESORT FOR MORE THAN $2-200 DOLLARS ACCORDING TO THE MEMORANDUM, MORRISEAU SAYS THE CHARGES WERE FROM HER, BUT SHE MIGHT HAVE SAVED THE DISTRICT CARD IN ERROR WHEN BOOKING ONLINE BUT THERE WERE STILL MORE CHARGES THAT WERE DEEMED QUESTIONABLE, AND DIDN'T HAVE RECEIPTS TO BACK UP WHY MORRISEAU WOULD MAKE THE CHARGES TO A SCHOOL ACCOUNT OTHER PERSONAL CHARGES INCLUDE 165 DOLLARS AT A NORTH PROVIDENCE HAIR SALON 79 DOLLARS FOR A DOG BOOSTER SEAT -PLUS, DOZENS OF CHARGES TO AMAZON THAT AREN'T ITEMIZED -ALSO

A ONE-THOUSAND DOLLAR PAYMENT TO A CATERING COMPANY MORRISEAU SAYING THAT SHE USED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CARD BY MISTAKE THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER CHARGES THAT WERE DEEMED TO BE SCHOOL PURCHASES, LIKE, -FOOD FOR SCHOOL MEETINGS -VARIOUS SCHOOL SUPPLIES – AND LODGING FOR PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES BUT ACCORDING TO THE INVESTIGATION, SOME OF THOSE RECEIPTS WERE NOT PROVIDED

(AL) MEANWHILE AN AUDIT IS BEING CONDUCTED TO VERIFY ALL OF THIS, AND LOOK AT THE EXPENSES OF ANYONE LISTED ON THE CREDIT CARD IN QUESTION

THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND MAYOR ARE STILL WAITING ON THE RESULTS OF THE AUDIT TO REPORT IT TO POLICE UNTIL THEN ROBERT O'BRIEN HAS BEEN NAMED INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT, BUT THE SCHOOL IS HOPING FOR A REPLACEMENT BY