LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a lawsuit Thursday against a former executive director of the state Fire Protection Licensing Board, alleging that she made thousands of dollars’ worth of personal purchases with her state-issued charge card.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a lawsuit Thursday against a former executive director of the state Fire Protection Licensing Board, alleging that she made thousands of dollars’ worth of personal purchases with her state-issued charge card.


The suit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court alleges that Catherine Gray misused a purchasing card that she received in March 2012 and held until it was suspended in March 2014. Gray became the board’s executive director in 2010 and resigned in April of this year.


McDaniel alleges that Gray used the purchasing card for $8,519 personal purchases, including gift cards, prescription medicine, repairs to her daughter’s car, meals, alcohol, cigarettes, clothing, movies, groceries and gasoline that was not related to business trips.


The suit also alleges that Gray used the card for another $6,907 in purchases for which she submitted no supporting documentation, and that she requested and received another $6,680 in direct reimbursements, with about $4,600 of the reimbursements based on inadequately documented requests.


The suit further alleges that the board improperly used funds appropriated for fiscal 2014 to pay $8,556 worth of obligations incurred in fiscal 2013, and that the board’s expenses exceeded its revenue every year that Gray was its director, resulting in declining fund balances.


The internal audit division of the state Department of Finance and Administration began investigating Gray’s purchasing activities in March. The Arkansas State Police also has launched an investigation, according to the suit.


Gray has reimbursed the state for only $3,358, according to McDaniel, who is seeking a jury trial.


Gray did not immediately file a response to the suit.