10/6/15 Government Credit Cards
The Defense Department Inspector General issued a report detailing misuse of government-issued credit cards. A federal law enacted a few years ago requires I.G.s to periodically audit use.
The 2012 law was in response to repeated misuse of government credit cards. In addition to mandated I.G. audits, agencies were directed to establish protocols to prevent abuse or take action when it occurs.
Obviously, this didnâ€™t happen.
During the one year period ending June 2014, the I.G. found there were nearly four and a half-thousand transactions, made by twenty-six hundred cardholders, totaling nearly one million dollars at casinos and strip clubs.
In their defense, agency credit card managers said they couldnâ€™t possibly identify credit card abuse.
Maybe they have a point. Letâ€™s examine sample purchases to see if the vendorsâ€™ names are too vague to identify as casinos or strip clubs.
$300 was spent at â€œDreams Cabaretâ€
$2,100 at â€œVegas Showgirlsâ€
$1,600 at â€œLarry Flyntâ€™s Hustler Clubâ€
$4,700 at â€œSapphire Gentlemenâ€™s Clubâ€
Other establishments included Jaguarâ€™s Gold Club, Tequila Sunrise and the Red Parrot Gentlemenâ€™s Club.
This is my stunned face.
This is what happens when government gets too big and unmanageable.
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