Workers Charge Laptops to Lingerie on Fed Credit Cards

Audit: Nearly half of purchases broke rules
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 8:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Millions of dollars government employees charged to federal credit cards went for less-than-appropriate perks ranging from digital cameras to dating services, sexy lingerie, laptops, and a $13,000 postal party, reports the Washington Post. An investigation by the Government Accountability Office found that 48% of major purchases on federal credit cards violated rules.

Some $2 million worth of purchased items couldn't be accounted for. "Too many government employees have viewed cards as their personal line of credit," said a senator.  "It's time to cut up their cards." Money "intended to pay for critical infrastructure, education, and homeland security is instead being spent on iPods, lingerie, and socializing," he complained.