Postal Worker Used Gov. Credit Card On ‘Adult Entertainment’ 50 Times
February 14, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)—And you wonder why the U.S. Postal Service is going broke. It turns out that some postal workers went a little overboard with their company credit cards. One employee used it to pay for more than 50 visits to “adult entertainment” establishments. And another employee purchased airline tickets to Spain and Italy. All told, the misuse of government credit cards and travel expense policies, cost the taxpayers $600,000 in 2009 and 2010, according to a Postal Service Inspector General report.
Talking Points Memo writes:
“The report said that Postal Service employees “did not comply with prescribed travel policies resulting in over $600,000 in excessive travel costs for lodging and airfare in FYs 2009 and 2010.” If the Postal Service took action to “curtail employee noncompliance with travel polices” it could “realize an additional $600,000 in savings over the next 2 years, or $300,000 annually.”
And get this, the report further found that a large number of government credit cards issued to now former postal employees and even dead ones, are still valid.
“According to the report, the Postal Service “did not cancel 2,491 credit cards issued to former employees, including 53 employees listed as deceased in employee records. At the time of our audit, there was more than $37 million in open credit associated with cards of former employees.”
What a sweet, sweet deal. Sheesh.
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