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article imageIRS credit cards used for wine, pornography

By Layne Weiss     Jun 25, 2013 in Politics
The inspector general's office has reported that credit cards belonging to IRS agents were used to purchase questionable items such as wine, pornography, romance novels, and diet pills.
Two IRS credit cards were used to purchase online pornography, but the employees accused of purchasing the porn said the credit cards were stolen, The Associated Press reports. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen.
Investigators at the office of the Treasury Inspector General who are looking into this matter said it was "not determined as part of this audit if whether or not the employees actually purchased the pornography and reported the cards stolen or compromised," The Daily Caller reports.
The investigators are a bit skeptical of the claims the cards were lost or stolen since one cardholder claimed five of seven cards were missing.
"Cardholders claiming numerous cards lost or stolen, particularly those with potentially fraudulent charges incurred, is a red flag that should trigger further review by the IRS," the report read. "In the case of both the pornography charges, the cardholders did not inform the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration of the fraudulent purchases on their accounts as required."
IRS employees used agency credit cards to make 273,000 purchases, which totaled about $108 million in 2010 and 2011, The Associated Press reports. According to reports, most of those purchases were legitimate, but according to investigators, some were not. In addition to the porn, one employee was found to have spent $2,655 on diet pills, romance novels, steaks, a smart phone, and baby related items.
Another employee spent $3,152 to rent a popcorn machine and to buy prizes for an employee event.
"Inadequate procedures to identify, report, and address inappropriate use leaves the IRS purchase card program vulnerable to repeated violations of applicable laws and regulations," said Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration J. Russell George.
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