Wikipedia founder accused of misusing expenses

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Wikipedia founder accused of misusing expenses

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is facing more fallout from his brief relationship with talk show pundit Rachel Marsden..

Marsden put some of Wales's clothes on eBay after he dumped her via his Wikipedia entry, but the online spat has now ignited interest in other aspects of Wales's conduct.

Danny Wool, a former member of the Wikipedia team, has come forward with allegations of misuse of expenses by Wales.

"Jimbeau [Jimmy Wales] was certainly not frugal in his spending on his endless trips abroad, but when it came to handing in receipts he could be somewhat careless," Wool wrote on his blog.

"At one point he owed the Foundation some $30,000 in receipts, and this while we were preparing for the audit. Not a bad sum, considering that many of those trips had fat honoraria, which Jimbeau kept for himself."

Wales has denied any wrongdoing, insisting that he claimed less than he spent. He has been supported by other members of the Wikipedia board.

Foundation executive director Sue Gardner described the allegations as unfounded. "Jimmy has never been reimbursed by the Foundation for personal expenses, nor has he ever asked to be," she said.

"The expenses he incurs on behalf of Wikipedia are modest and in no way unseemly.

"Jimmy has consistently put the Foundation's interests ahead of his own, and has erred on the side of paying for his own Wikipedia-related expenditures rather than the reverse."

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