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On May 10, Vic Kruppenbacher resigned as the city of Orlando's assistant bureau chief for recreation after an audit found he failed to report a $560 personal charge to a city-issued credit card. His supervisors had decided that no criminal charges needed to be filed; instead, they were going to send Kruppenbacher to ethics and sensitivity training.

Twenty days later, on May 30, Herbert Washington announced his resignation as director of community and youth services -- the department that includes Kruppenbacher's bureau.

Any connection? No, says Maryalicia Johnson, a city spokeswoman. Washington quit to work with a private firm, she says. And he wasn't Kruppenbacher's immediate supervisor.

Kruppenbacher repaid the money as the results of the audit were being released. He could have remained with the city, where he worked for 15 years, but chose to leave. "It's kind of a sad story," Johnson said. "He had a lot of pride. It was just some bad judgment on his part."

Neither Kruppenbacher nor Washing-ton returned calls for comment.


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