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Perks of the Job? Pentagon Credit Cards Used to Finance Sex and Gambling


An audit of “Government Travel Charge Transactions” conducted by the Department of Defense found that a large number of Pentagon employees have been using their government credit cards for gambling, escort services, and other adult activities.

The audit was a review of the credit card system, and not an investigation into abuses, therefore the findings will likely only lead to warnings or stern reminders being issued to employees.

The findings will be released to the public by the Department of Defense Inspector General in the coming weeks.

A law enacted in 2012 — the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act — states that federal employees who make illegal or improper purchases on government issued credit cards can be terminated from their positions.  The guidelines also state that agencies must submit a report outlining the violations as well as what disciplinary actions were taken in regards to the infractions at least twice a year.