- Waller deemed competent to stand trial (1/11/17)5
- Young Elvis impersonator from Bernie performs on 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' (1/12/17)
- 113 drug tests at Jackson High net one instance of illicit usage (1/11/17)14
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)6
- Two men shot after argument; houses also struck by bullets (1/12/17)21
- Imo's Pizza will be added to Rhodes 101 convenience store in Jackson (1/10/17)16
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)8
- Juvenile accused of stealing, damaging playground statue (1/9/17)25
- Two Cape men recovering after shooting (1/13/17)
- Business notebook: Faithfully Fed aims for more than just food (1/9/17)4
What does fraud reap? Elvis souvenirs
Here's every American consumer's dream: Someone gives you a credit card, but every time you charge something, the bill will go ... to somebody else.
There's just one requirement: You might have to justify your purchases, if someone asks.
Wink. Wink. Nudge. Nudge.
That's pretty much the situation thousands of Pentagon employees were put in. They were given credit cards to use for necessary, government-related spending such as official travel and meals. But they spent millions of dollars for their own personal use, purchasing computers, cruises, fine china, cigars, wine, Vegas trips, casino gambling and even Elvis Presley souvenirs from Graceland.
The Defense Department has been investigating these abuses for two years. The latest finding is that some 200 Army personnel used their cards to get cash at strip clubs to spend on lap dancers. The Pentagon report expressed some dismay that it couldn't find any documentation that the offenders had been disciplined.
Perhaps the Pentagon might ask itself this question: Why haven't all these cards been canceled? That's what parents do when their children run up huge credit-card debt. It usually puts a stop to the abuse -- or, at least, the parents no longer get surprised with big bills at the end of the month.