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NY Times: ATF Spent $21K on NASCAR Race From Secret Bank Account

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 08:56 AM

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) managed millions in a secret bank account, including spending $21K on a suite at a NASCAR race and a trip to Las Vegas, The New York Times reported.

Agents also used the account to donate money to the high school and volleyball team of an agent and to pay off credit card bills, the Times reported.

Millions of dollars poured into the account from a scheme hatched by ATF agents to have informants buy untaxed cigarettes and mark them up for resale, and then cover up their tracks, the Times reported.

That scheme is at the center of a federal racketeering lawsuit, the Times reported.

While the existence of the so-called "management accounts" are common, laws are still in place to govern how they can be used and for what. For its part, the Justice Department, which oversees the ATF, has denied any wrongdoing, the Times reported.

The management accounts are used to pay informants and to set up sting operations to conceal the feds' involvement, but the Inspector General criticized the agency for not knowing how many informants were paid or how much, the Times reported.

An NYT report in February alerted authorities to the existence of the account, prompting an investigation by the House Oversight committee, the Times reported.

The ATF wouldn't say who authorized the account and whether the use of management accounts is still employed, the Times reported.

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Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) managed millions in a secret bank account, including spending $21K on a suite at a NASCAR race and a trip to Las Vegas, The New York Times reported.
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