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No burlesque show on KLC credit card

On the night a Kentucky League of Cities executive bought drinks at a Reno lounge with his business credit card, there was no topless burlesque show scheduled, according to KLC officials who have spoken with hotel personnel.

A state audit of the League turned up a 2006 charge by KLC insurance services director William Hamilton at the Sapphire Lounge, which sometimes features a burlesque show. However, a master schedule from the hotel obtained by the League showed that on Dec. 7, only "Ladies Night, two-for-one drinks," was scheduled, and the $76 receipt showed drinks for four individuals.

The Herald-Leader previously reported that in June 2006, on a totally separate charge, Hamilton and three others said they mistakenly entered the Diamond Cabaret strip club in Las Vegas, accruing an $80 charge that was later reimbursed to the League.

Both charges were part of nearly $70,000 that Hamilton charged on his League credit card between 2006 and 2009 that State Auditor Crit Luallen described as having an unclear business purpose, inadequate documentation or being excessive. The League now requires much more detailed receipts.

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