– Pentagon Employees Caught Using Government Credit Cards on Gambling & Escorts…Staff Given “Stern Warning” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 7, 2015):
Last month, we learned that DEA agents were caught attending sex parties with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels. No one was fired. We also learned that the DEA agents who left a California student in a cell without food or water for five days until he was forced to drink his own urine in order to survive, were given a slap on the wrist. Finally, we heard about how TSA screeners in Denver were intentionally manipulating the naked body scanners in order to allow a particular agent to sexually molest male passengers. While the offenders were fired, no criminal charges were filed, and the TSA refuses to release their names. All of this was revealed in the last month alone.
Well, we can now add another to the list. In the latest example of abuse by the unaccountable feds, we learn that Pentagon employees have been caught using their government credit cards on gambling and escorts, amongst other things. Their punishment? A “stern warning.”
Politico reports that:
A Defense Department audit has found that a number of Pentagon employees used their government credit cards to gamble and pay for “adult entertainment” — findings that are expected to lead department officials to issue stern new warnings.
The audit of “Government Travel Charge Transactions” by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, which is to be made public in coming weeks, found that both civilian and military employees used the credit cards at casinos and for escort services and other adult activities — in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
A Pentagon official briefed on some of the findings stressed that the federal government did not necessarily pay the charges; holders of the cards pay their own bills and then submit receipts to be reimbursed for expenses related to their government business.
Wait a minute, “the federal government did not necessarily pay the charges?” How about you go ahead and find out for sure. It’d be nice to know if taxpayer money is paying to pad Sheldon Adelson and the Moonlight Bunny Ranch’s profit margins.
Because the review was an audit of the credit card system and not an investigation of particular individuals, the official said the likely result will be that the agencies and military branches most affected will be compelled to remind employees that the practice violates policy — and possibly the law.
Quite the deterrent. As punishment, they will be asked to please stop. Banker justice applies to Federal employees as well it seems, and they don’t even need to pay a fine!
Some estimates suggest that such prohibited purchases cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
It cited instances “where cardholders used purchase cards to subscribe to Internet dating services, buy video iPods for personal use and pay for lavish dinners that included top-shelf liquor.”
Late last year, federal auditors reported to Congress that the problem persists despite efforts to rein it in.
Well, when your effort to “rein it in” consists of asking the offenders to stop it “pretty please,” this is what you get.
In case you’re wondering why the Department of Justice is such an unmitigated joke, recall the following: