A recent audit of government-issued credit cards by the Department of Defense has uncovered numerous payments for casinos and escort services in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City. These card payments were made by both military and civilian Pentagon personnel. A Pentagon official, who had prior sight of the forthcoming report, stated in response that “the federal government did not necessarily pay the charges”, adding it was possible the government credit cards were used simply to hide the transactions from spouses.
The introduction of the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act (2012) was designed to stop such abuses, but it appears to have failed as a deterrent. Only last year, three officials from the Bureau of Land Management were fired (and two more resigned) after it was discovered their government credit card statements showed the purchase of $800,000 worth of gift cards.
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