ATF Agent Gambled On Duty, Got Promoted

Used government credit card for cash advances at casino

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An agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives used a government-issued credit card for cash advances so he could go to the casino while he was on duty.

An investigation by the bureau’s inspector general found that the agent was later promoted, and is now a Special Agent in Charge.

The investigation determined that the agent "gambled on duty, misused his government travel card to facilitate his gambling, and misused his assigned government vehicle by using it to travel to casinos."

"By gambling while on duty, the [Special Agent in Charge] SAC violated federal regulations that prohibit federal employees from gambling while on duty," the agency watchdog said in a summary of the investigation posted Monday. "In addition, the SAC violated ATF policy by, among other things, misusing his government travel card to obtain cash advances to gamble, and using his assigned government vehicle to travel to casinos to gamble, which is not an ‘official purpose’ for which use of the government vehicle is authorized."

The inspector general said the agent has not been prosecuted, and they have turned over their findings to the bureau for "appropriate action."