According to a report on ABC News, these enticing services appear to have attracted a number of Defense Department personnel over the last year and turned them into repeat customers. These officials have managed to keep their personal lives under a veil of secrecy but a recent Pentagon audit revealed that a number of Defense Department personnel had used their government travel credit cards at casinos and other adult entertainment centers.
The incident had to be highlighted and reported as the total amount of money spent during the last year is over $1 million. The misuse of these government travel credit cards has caused disciplinary measures to be meted out on hundreds of occasions. The Pentagon also states that tax payers will not foot the bill as the cardholders have to pay for all personal transactions and unauthorized transactions.
There have been calls for this audit to be made public and the Defense Department’s Inspector General is expected to publish the audit report towards the end of May. The Pentagon audit report is called “Government Travel Charge Card Transactions Made at Casinos or Adult Entertainment Establishments.” The audit showed that between the 1st of July 2013 and the 30th of June 2014, Defense Department employees used their official government credit cards to spend $96,576 on adult entertainment and $952,258 at casinos.
The audit will reveal the list of offenders and also confirms that some of them were habitual offenders who wanted to make use of ‘free money’ since it appeared they were getting away with their personal spending on the government’s dime. The report shows that a total of 4,437 financial transactions were conducted at casinos and a further 900 financial transactions were processed at adult entertainment centers during the same period of time.
In a statement, a Pentagon official said “Clearly, the behavior displayed by these individuals neither comports with our values nor represents the good service of the vast majority of or service members or DOD Civilians”. Officials have already issued disciplinary action against most of the concerned individuals and expect to complete their probe and final disciplinarian actions in the coming week.