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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state auditor says a review of a New Mexico town’s finances found a former employee fraudulently used a city-issued credit card.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson said in a statement Monday that he worked with Silver City officials and an independent accountant to launch the investigation into irregularities in the former employee’s credit card purchases that were first noticed in 2016.

He says the special forensic audit found more than $12,000 in potentially fraudulent charges on the credit card. The audit also found the city did not have enough financial controls in place to prevent fraudulent spending.

He did not identify the employee.

Silver City, in western New Mexico, is home to about 10,000 people.