Some Pentagon employees could be in hot water if the allegations that they spent astronomical amounts of money between casinos and strip clubs are true. The Inspector General’s Office released a statement claiming that they’re doing a follow-up investigation on charges that Pentagon cardholders requested reimbursement after using their company cards.
Per The New York Post:
The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating whether US military personnel tried to get the US government to pay them back for bills they racked up at casinos and strip clubs, using official travel charge cards.
In May, the Pentagon watchdog reported that Defense Department employees spent $952,258 at casinos and another $96,576 at “adult entertainment establishments” using the cards during a year-long period.
What’s remarkable about these charges (outside of the sheer volume) is the duration of time that they were made over — “a year-long period.” It’s not like these guys had one mistaken night on the town where Tom from Defense got in some trouble at the titter and had to withdraw an extra $1,000 from the ATM to pay off the bouncer after he showed a waitress his hog. These shameless bastards spent an entire year just living like Pacman Jones with trash bags full of cash.
The thing is, this seems like a regular occurrence. The New York Post went on to explain another sticky situation from May.
In the May report, the inspector general noted one case where a member of the Air Force was demoted after spending $4,686 at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The airman tried to spend an additional $920 but had already exceeded his credit limit, the report said.
The Inspector General’s report went on to claim that others had spent $308 at Dreams Cabaret, $2,100 at Vegas Showgirls, and $1,614 Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club. The Department of Defense also claimed that “24,119 transactions [had] occurred at casinos and casino processing centers.”
This is unfathomable to me, especially considering the worst post-bender financial Scaries I’ve ever had occurred when I broke a $275 window at Michigan/Michigan State weekend in 2010, and the time I woke up after St. Patrick’s Day and saw that I had split a $500 tab at a local ski area with my buddy.
Shooters shoot, I guess. .
[via New York Post]
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