A large number of Pentagon employees have used their government credit cards for gambling and paying for "adult entertainment" in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, according to a Defense Department inspector general's report to be released later this month.
The audit found that both civilian and military employees used the cards to pay for escort services and other adult activities, Politico reports.
The federal government did not necessarily pay the charges, a Pentagon official told Politico, adding that the cardholders pay their bills and submit receipts for reimbursement. Some Pentagon workers may have used their government cards to prevent spouses from learning of the payments for escort services and gambling, according to the report.
However, the investigation will most likely not bring forth any serious charges — as it was based on an audit of the Pentagon's credit-card system and not targeting specific employees.
The agencies and military operations most affected most likely will be ordered to remind employees using the cards in this manner violates policy, possibly even the law, Politico reports.
In 2012, Congress passed a law proposed by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa that required federal agencies to increase monitoring of purchases on government-issued credit cards — though federal auditors told Congress last year that such problems still existed.
A Pentagon spokeswoman told Politico that she knew of the report, adding that she was not authorized to speak on it until the document was released.
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