The U.S. Defense Department admitted that Pentagon officials allowed employees to use government credit cards for strip clubs and casinos.
Pentagon employees used government credit cards to charge $100,000 for adult entertainment and nearly $1 million in casinos.
Pentagon officials knew about the spending, and did nothing to stop the employees or punish them.
Even when the United States Department of Defense criticized the spending on adult entertainment and gambling, senior Pentagon officials failed to take appropriate disciplinary action.
Government credit cards can be used for expenses incurred for official government business, particularly during official travel.
However, they cannot be used for private entertainment.
The department’s inspector general found that the Pentagon did not consider the security implications of personal use unrelated to officials travel.
Using the government credit cards at strip clubs and casinos causes potential vulnerabilities to national security, the inspector general said.
An army lieutenant colonel who used the government credit card at casinos did not inform his commanders about the expenses despite assuring that he will.
An Air Force lieutenant colonel who was advised and encouraged to seek help for a gambling problem, was still allowed the government credit card.