US Treasury Resources Used for Prostitution?

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An investigation by the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has revealed department officials engaged in unethical and possibly criminal conduct, including soliciting prostitutes and accepting gifts from corporate executives.

Documents acquired from the U.S. Treasury Department's internal investigation arm show a now-retired human resources specialist working for the Treasury used government resources to allegedly solicit prostitutes.

"In 2010, an OTS (formerly the Office of Thrift Supervision) employee 'misused' government resources to solicit prostitutes on three separate occasions via Craigslist," The Hill reports.

"While working at the OTS, investigators said, the government staffer 'viewed websites offering erotic services on a weekly basis,'" the report added.

The documents, which also reveal further misconduct ranging from sexual harassment to conflict-of-interest, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and posted online by the site

The U.S. Attorney's office in D.C. decided not to prosecute the federal worker, who had worked for the government for 36 years, even though the acts violated rules against "disgraceful conduct."

The reason not to prosecute was because the case didn't involve "underage prostitutes or human trafficking."

The Treasury Department argues the violations were isolated incidents and not indicative of the department's culture as a whole.

Even so, this is the latest department under the Obama Administration to be at the center of an investigation.

Both the General Services Administration and the Secret Service have been involved in scandals this year alone.

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