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Treasury Officials Met With Prostitutes, Accepted Gifts From Regulated Institutions: Report

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Internal documents show that one Treasury employee was found to be accepting golf fees from workers at a financial institution the Treasury itself regulates.
Internal documents show that one Treasury employee was found to be accepting golf fees from workers at a financial institution the Treasury itself regulates.

Working at the Treasury frankly sounds kind of boring, which may explain why a number of employees allegedly spiced up their lives with golf, prostitutes and drunken altercations at football games.

Internal documents from the U.S. Department of the Treasury show that not everyone on the payroll is exactly squeaky clean. The documents offer details of various allegations against Treasury employees in recent years, as well as the results of probes into those allegations by the Treasury's Office of Inspector General.

The documents come by way of the site Government Attic, which regularly posts the results of Freedom of Information Act requests. They cover investigations launched during the period from September 2009 through March 2012 (h/t The Hill.)

"Treasury has a strong ethics policy that we expect all of our employees to follow, and the overwhelming majority of them do," a Treasury spokesperson wrote to The Huffington Post in an email. "As with any large organization, issues of misconduct occasionally arise. When that happens at Treasury, we act promptly and decisively to address them. The OIG moved aggressively to investigate the isolated instances of misconduct referenced in these documents, most of which were brought to the OIG's attention by bureau management."

Many of those allegations turned out to be unsubstantiated, according to the OIG. But a few of them reportedly held water.

In one such case, a bank examiner at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency was found to be accepting gifts -- in the form of golf fees and meals at a private club -- from employees at "an OCC regulated institution." The bank examiner was also playing golf on company time, logging the hours as "safety and soundness activities or travel" when he was really hitting the links.

In another case, a human resources worker at the Office of Thrift Supervision was found to be using Treasury computers to set up meetings with prostitutes through Craigslist. According to the OIG probe, the HR worker -- who has since retired -- "acknowledged that he was aware he was soliciting for prostitution and stated he met with prostitutes on three occasions." On the plus side, the employee said he "did not provide any OTS or banking information to any prostitute."

And finally, in October 2009, an employee at the Office of Foreign Assets Control drunkenly tried to enter a college football game in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, while carrying "prohibited alcoholic beverages." Police on the scene say the OFAC employee was "disorderly and disruptive." The report goes on to note that the employee's actions "have been deemed as not being in the best interest of Treasury and the United States Government."

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