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IRS Employees Bought Wine, Porn, Romance Novels with Gov. Credit Cards

| by Michael Allen

According to a new report by the Treasury Inspector General, some Internal Revenue Service employees used IRS credit cards to buy wine, online pornography, romance novels, diet pills, steaks, baby-related items and other unapproved products.

IRS employees made 273,000 purchases of almost $108 million during 2010 and 2011, stated the report.

While most of those purchases were legitimate, the Treasury Inspector General said the IRS was not controlling its illegitimate purchases.

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The Treasury Inspector General's report claimed that 94 IRS employees were responsible for the unauthorized purchases, but none of the employees faced discipline.

The Associated Press reports that more of the illegitimate purchases included:

$3,152 to rent a popcorn machine and to buy prizes for an employee event, including bandanas, stuffed animals, sunglasses and stovepipe hats.

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$418 for novelty decorations and swag at managers' meetings, including kazoos, bathtub toys and "Thomas the Tank Engine" wristbands.

$119 for Nerf footballs that were never used and were found stored in a filing cabinet.

Source: Associated Press