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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Postal service employees use travel cards to gamble, pay bills and go bowling -- By Michal Conger, The Washington Examiner

Postal employees have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on gambling, bills and other personal expenses, according to a series of reports by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. (Photo: Thinkstock)Postal employees have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on gambling, bills and other personal expenses, according to a series of reports by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general.

Federal employees may use government credit cards for official travel expenses, but some used theirs to withdraw cash before hitting casinos.

Nearly a dozen reports on closed travel card theft investigations were obtained by the Washington Examiner in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

One manager, who was not identified in the report, used her travel card to withdraw $32,000 in cash so she could gamble, according to the inspector general.

The woman told investigators that it was "difficult to say" why she used the government card, but indicated the withdrawals were made after she reached her credit limit on her personal cards.

The manager also used her government card on rental cars, gas, parking and tolls for personal use, and said a fast-lane transponder "fell into her purse" out of a USPS car she was driving.

The same manager's administrative assistant told investigators she was frequently out of the office, didn't say where she would be and was difficult to reach when she was away.

The assistant was also put in "an awkward position" by being made to drive the manager to pick up rental cars for personal use, the assistant said.

Between cash advances for gambling, rental cars and other personal expenses, the manager spent $45,000, which she had paid back by February 2010.

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