30 May 2015

DOD Charges Millions at Casinos and Strip Clubs to Government Credit Cards

In yet another chapter from the book of how government irresponsibly wastes your money, it has now been reported that DOD employees racked up over $4 million in personal charges on government issued credit cards, including casinos and strip clubs.
Government watchdog Judicial Watch reports:
During a one-year period the agency charged 20 million transactions for $3.4 billion on government credit cards, according to a DOD Inspector General report issued this month.

About $3.2 million of it was spent at casinos and nearly $1 million on personal expenses, including about $100,000 at strip clubs by 646 card holders. The casino charges were made through 4,437 transactions by 2,636 charge card holders, according to the report which breaks down expenditures by military branch.
The U.S. Air Force is by far the biggest offender, outspending other branches and civilian DOD employees with government-issued credit cards. In the year analyzed by investigators, the Air Force charged more than $400,000 in personal expenses at casinos and nearly $40,000 at strip clubs. The Army came in second by spending almost $350,000 at casinos during the same period and nearly $35,000 at “adult entertainment establishments.”
Remember when bureaucrats tell you there is nothing left to cut. The abuse and lack of regard for public funds has become a hallmark of federal management. And these are not isolated incidents. Gross abuse of government issued credit cards is a rampant problem. 
Another example features a senior airman at a North Carolina Air Force base who traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada on Uncle Sam’s dime. He made three charges totaling $4,686 with his government credit card at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
The same airman tried to charge an additional $920, but the inspector general discloses that the bank declined it because it would have exceeded the spending limit on the card.
“The cardholder later admitted that he used his [government card] at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club VIP room for himself and several friends,” the report states.
One effective way to prevent this sort of outrageous waste from occurring in the future is to forbid using government travel cards at casinos and strip clubs, the DOD watchdog points out. Profound as this may seem, the DOD has no such rule in place.

That’s right, the government that requires complete financial transparency and accountability from you, has no rule in place to prevent government funds from being spent at strip clubs.

I would say this is shocking and we should all be outraged, but alas I’m not really surprised by much anymore.


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