A government watchdog says lax oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon and, in one case, romance novels, diet pills and baby clothes.
Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees reported the cards stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen.
From the Washington Examiner:
The report shows that the “trend of purchase card usage remained stable during this period at an average of about $965,000 per week.”
The IG’s office found that the cards were also misused for managers’ meetings, team-building exercises and fundraising activities. This includes almost $4,000 in “improper decorative and give-away items” such as a popcorn machine rental, Nerf footballs and the “world’s largest crossword puzzle” bought for team-building.
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