Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts from bankers

posted at 3:21 pm on July 17, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Meet the crew charged by Dodd-Frank with keeping us safe from the misconduct of bankers.

Recently released reports on the Treasury Department, first reported by The Hill, show the Inspector General found several employees had solicited prostitutes and accepted gifts from the banks they regulate. (Acronym breakdown: OIG = Office of the Inspector General, OTS = Office of Thrift Supervision, which has since been combined with OCC = Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.)

In 2010, an OTS employee “misused” government resources to solicit prostitutes on three separate occasions via Craigslist. While working at the OTS, investigators said, the government staffer “viewed websites offering erotic services on a weekly basis as well as communicating with and arranging meetings with women offering erotic services.”

To be fair, Jake Tapper notes that the employee sent $100 via PayPal to one of his prospects, so it seems the Office of Thrift Supervision did get quite a deal.

That case was referred to D.C. authorities but they declined to prosecute absent “aggravating” considerations, such as involvement of underaged girls. That employee has retired from government service. I wonder if we’re paying for a pension.

Then, there’s the golf, paid for by the bankers they were charged with regulating:

In another finding, the OIG cited an OCC staffer for accepting golf fees and meals from bank executives…The golf outings took place on multiple occasions during workweeks when OCC was conducting bank examinations. Many of the greens fees and meals at the golf course were paid for by corporate executives.

The OIG stated the OCC official “violated several regulations covering ethics and the conduct of employees in the performance of their official duties.”

The employee investigated had been to Treasury ethics training and thought this qualified as a “condoned activity.”

And, one more:

Another ethics violation in the OIG documents focused on a Treasury Department employee in the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).

The intoxicated OFAC official attempted to bring prohibited alcoholic beverages into a college football game, and was stopped by law enforcement.

The OFAC official was perceived to be “disorderly and disruptive” and was nearly arrested even after University of North Carolina police noticed the official’s badge and credentials. The report said the officers used “restraint because they believed him to be a law enforcement officer.” OIG found him to be in “violation of Treasury policy.”

The true violation, here, is in being drunk and disorderly at a UNC football game, but I digress. The IG reports, acquired via FOIA request, redact the employees’ names, and it’s unclear whether anyone but the Craigslist Romeo was let go.

The misconduct appears to be much less widespread like the GSA’s infamous profligacy. Inspector General Eric Thorson attributed it to a few people in a large organization doing “dumb things.” But the scandal list for the Obama administration looks like the plot of “The Hangover III”— public intoxication, ubiquitous prostitutes, Craigslist encounters, Vegas, and hot tubs. Though it’s unclear where the government giving guns to Mexican drug lords, which were later used to kill 300 people including an American border agent, fits into this bawdy, fun-filled boys’ comedy.

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What’s the point of a govt job w/o the hookers?!

Akzed on July 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Communism = Corruption.

jukin3 on July 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

The Best and the Brightest, baby!

Cicero43 on July 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

In another finding, the OIG cited an OCC staffer for accepting golf fees and meals from bank executives…The golf outings took place on multiple occasions during workweeks when OCC was conducting bank examinations. Many of the greens fees and meals at the golf course were paid for by corporate executives.

Inspired by the Putter in Chief.

Steve Z on July 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

It’s obvious.
The more powerful government becomes, the more scandals like this will happen.
Smaller govt means less money means fewer govt overlords means fewer govt scandals. And vice versa.

itsnotaboutme on July 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

More from the ABC link:

The individual, who’d worked for the federal government for 36 years, admitted the pursuit of “women offering a variety of adult/erotic services” on his work computer – he sent $100 to one of them via PayPal, arranging to meet her in Atlanta. He was “retired” from the federal government on October 1, 2010.

Sounds like this dude was a Democrat Mole. Somehow burrowed into Treasury in the confusion after Nixon resigned, and Jerry Ford was too stupid to sniff him out.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

There are people who attend college football games without sneaking in booze?

Huh.

Hollowpoint on July 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

See? Obama was right.

These are the real achievers in society. Not those stupid little entrepreneurs and business people.

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

It’s Bushes fault. Hey, what’s up with Bain Capital?

Fuquay Steve on July 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The private sector is generally more incompetent than the public sector.

crr6 on June 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Dude should know he’s gotta be a high ranking dem pol like Dodd or Frank to have succeeded in this venture. Being merely a “treasury official” just doesn’t cut it. Ya gotta actually be the boss to act like the boss.

hawkeye54 on July 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts from bankers

I’m shocked, shocked I tells ya’!

Seriously though, a lot of American’s have long since been aware, especially since TARP, that WS banks and the feds in DC are corrupt and in bed together screwing Americans, especially the middle class and poor.

FloatingRock on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

What’s wrong with hookers? They are self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

AngusMc on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I like the way Ham-time writes. But where in hell is Allahpundit?

dgarone on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

There are people who attend college football games without sneaking in booze?

Huh.

Hollowpoint on July 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Ever been to a BYU Football home game?

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I like the way Ham-time writes. But where in hell is Allahpundit?

dgarone on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

On vacay til next week.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

“Survival kit contents check. In them you’ll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days’ concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella’ could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.”

- Maj. T.J. “King” Kong.

gravityman on July 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM

NOOOOOOO!!! REALLY!!???

ToddPA on July 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts from bankers

Hey, what do you know, another campaign promise that Obama actually kept. Because seriously, no other Administration in American History has ever been as transparent about their predilections towards prostitutes and bribery as the Obamanation Administration.

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM

The private sector is generally more incompetent than the public sector.

crr6 on June 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

It never gets old, it ages like a fine wine…

Akzed on July 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Ya see, those prostitutes didn’t do it on their own, they needed others to build their “businesses”!

And, just think of it, Obamuh was right – it took the State to provide those prostitutes with funds.

The Commie has been vindicated!

OhEssYouCowboys on July 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM

There are people who attend college football games without sneaking in booze?

Huh.

Hollowpoint on July 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

You can proudly buy drinks at Tulane football games.

And if you’re a Tulane fan, you need many drinks.

NoDonkey on July 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM

We did it….for the children.

BobMbx on July 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I like the way Ham-time writes. But where in hell is Allahpundit?

dgarone on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

Thanks! And, he’s taking a much-deserved vacation. He’ll be back by next week!

Mary Katharine Ham on July 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

To be fair, Jake Tapper notes that the employee sent $100 via PayPal to one of his prospects, so it seems the Office of Thrift Supervision did get quite a deal.

Deal? Nah, he was just slumming.

/Elliot Spitzer

beancounter on July 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM

What’s wrong with hookers? They are self-sufficient entrepreneurs. AngusMc on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful prostitutes who agree with me — because they want to give something back besides STD’s. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been a successful hooker, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. You prolly took a cab. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just such a good prostitute, or so smart. There are a lot of smart prostitutes out there. It must be because I “work” harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hard “working” people out there. (Applause.)

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some condoms. There was a great pimp somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable system of alleys and dark parking lots that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in truck stops and $20 an hour motels. If you’ve got an escort business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” –President Obooba

Akzed on July 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I’m so used to automatically thinking about politicians, especially the filthy, Commie ones, inside of the Beltway, when I see the word, “prostitute,” that I always have to do a double-take, to make sure that the word is actually being used in a sexual manner.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The hookers did’nt build that business themselves…sombody else did…

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM

What’s wrong with hookers? They are self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

AngusMc on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

the government is the reason for their success…:-)

RedInMD on July 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM

OT (Sorry, MKH): Drudge points to a Weekly Standard article that says the guy in one of the most effective Anti-Romney Bain ads has blown lunch all over Obama. Here:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/star-pro-obama-super-pac-ad-unleashed-obama-jerk-pantywaist-lightweight-blowhard_648688.html

The War Planner on July 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM

What’s wrong with hookers? They are self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

AngusMc on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

They didn’t get to be hookers by themselves. It must have been Obama that helped them.

Gunlock Bill on July 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM

This wouldn’t even be a story if the “hookers” were young boy
escorts. Then it would just be another day at the capitol or a democratic fundraiser.

acyl72 on July 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I like the way Ham-time writes. But where in hell is Allahpundit?

dgarone on July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

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Thanks! And, he’s taking a much-deserved vacation. He’ll be back by next week!

Mary Katharine Ham on July 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

.
Yes, Allah’ has earned some well deserved time-off.

And I hope he’s making the most of it. All of the staff here will need all of the strength they can muster for the next three and one-half months.
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But . . . back to the subject at hand.
Mary Katherine’, did you get any phone numbers of the hookers involved?
I mean, if they were being patronized by Treasury Officials then they must be pretty good. Right?

listens2glenn on July 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

This makes me furious. I work for a large corporation that takes ethics and core values very seriously.

I would be fired instantly for accepting a gift from a customer or vendor, unless it’s something small like a coffee mug or a pencil (pretty sure even those are against the rules). Leave alone soliciting hookers.

These people should be investigated and their employment (and all pensions and benefits) terminated immediately.

Oh wait….. this is the 0bama administration we’re talking about. Nothing to see here, move along.

UltimateBob on July 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts from bankers

Wait, aren’t those campaign contributions? Then they would be perfectly legal.

patch on July 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts from bankers

…MSM:…News at 11!
Harry Reid:…”they’re the party of NO!”

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Good, for uncovering this…now for this Geithner scandal at treasury.
It has nothing to do with GWB and affected the financial downturn in 2008.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts from bankers

Foxes…

…hen houses…

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM

The true violation, here, is in being drunk and disorderly at a UNC football game, but I digress.

heh. Go Dawgs!

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Hey Mary Katharine! Just like the ruling class of the old Soviet Union, the leaders and bureaucrats are entitled to their PERKS! We proles can only stand in awe!

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Private sucktor is doing just fine.

hillsoftx on July 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts from bankers

Foxes…

…hen houses…

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM

If La Hood had his way, in light of his love for ChiCom “efficiency” in government, both the Treasury officials and the bankers would be lined up and shot.

I’d like to get a quote from La Hood, on this matter.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

But the scandal list for the Obama administration looks like the plot of “The Hangover III”— public intoxication, ubiquitous prostitutes, Craigslist encounters, Vegas, and hot tubs. Though it’s unclear where the government giving guns to Mexican drug lords, which were later used to kill 300 people including an American border agent, fits into this bawdy, fun-filled boys’ comedy.

This is more like “Bachelor Party”, alas, that’s before MKH’s time….

“we got chicks, and drugs, and guns, and fire trucks, and Tar Heel games, it’s gonna be great!!”

(PS: I added the tar heel part, but you get the drift)

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Some animals are more equal than others.

WhatNot on July 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Obama is their

PimpnMadam™

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Hey Mary Katharine! Just like the ruling class of the old Soviet Union, the leaders and bureaucrats are entitled to their PERKS! We proles can only stand in awe!

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

How dare you accuse our Commie Masters of … perks! You’re the bourgeoisie! You’ve been outted!

/

OhEssYouCowboys on July 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM

When your organization is headed by a TAX CHEAT lowlife, anything goes.

TeaPartyNation on July 17, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Obama needs prostitutes to vote for him.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Thanks! And, he’s taking a much-deserved vacation. He’ll be back by next week!

Mary Katharine Ham on July 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

is that Comic Con convention going on right now???? I betcha that’s where he is….

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 4:10 PM

What would you expect from the party of death……Death to the economy, death to work ethic (gutting welfare reform), death to traditional marriage, death to religious liberty, death to innocent children in the womb…liberalism perverts all that it touches

crosshugger on July 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

And if you’re a Tulane fan, you need many drinks.

NoDonkey on July 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM

How many nights have I sat in the Superdome being drunk, not knowing who was even playing. I could have gone to Pat O’Brian’s but the drinks were even worse there. What is a Green Wave “fan” to do?

hip shot on July 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Craigslist Romeo (?)

Um, I’m pretty sure there was no ‘romantic’ intention involved in his actions.

socalcon on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Mary Katharine, welcome back! Consider yourself lucky to have busted the 50 mark when there is a Palin thread up. ; )

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

How did they decide who were hookers and who were bankers?

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

What do they think this is, the Clinton administration?

Blacklake on July 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

How did they decide who were hookers and who were bankers?

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The hookers only take your money in exchange for services rendered.
Bankers? Mmmm, well, not so much.

CyberCipher on July 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The true violation, here, is in being drunk and disorderly at a UNC football game, but I digress.

Wouldn’t one have to be in such a condition in order to even consider going to a UNC football game?

CycloneCDB on July 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The hookers only take your money in exchange for services rendered.
Bankers? Mmmm, well, not so much.

CyberCipher on July 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

So you are saying hookers charge you for the deposit, and bankers charge you for deposits and withdrawals?

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 6:10 PM

meh, this is not that problematic. You mean people get drunk and go to football games?!?!?!!!11!1!

Stick to the real scandals like F&F. Cannot get upset about every little thing. Knock out the big things and then the next biggest things.

ArkyDore on July 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

How did they decide who were hookers and who were bankers?

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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The hookers only take your money in exchange for services rendered.
Bankers? Mmmm, well, not so much.

CyberCipher on July 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

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Exactly.

Bankers do much more . . . uhhhh . . . aw nuts. I should of thought this out better, before I started.
How can I phrase this on a “family rated” blog-site?
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Hmmmmmm . . . . . . maybe this will work:

With all of the elevators in the tall buildings where the corporate offices of most banks are, Bankers do much more “shafting”.

listens2glenn on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

“We’re here from the Treasury Department to audit your banking operations.”

“Great! I’ll get my clubs. Does a 9:30 tee time work for you?”

“Will Amber and Misty be joining us later?”

trigon on July 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM

The employee investigated had been to Treasury ethics training and thought this qualified as a “condoned activity.”

Maybe he had gotten an ethics waiver from the White House. Back in 2009, they seemed to be available for the asking.

malclave on July 17, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The Treasury Department is like an ARMY OF BILL CLINTONS….LMAO

Fun Video Nugget
Christians can’t vote Democrat – THE MOVIE

deedtrader on July 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Akzed on July 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

That was … that was so beautiful. :)

Axe on July 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

How come you are using one of AP’s vacation photos for the picture? Isn’t he supposed to be underground and anonymous?

Axe on July 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Now it’s the bankers, here in NYS we had a Governor who did the same thing, big deal.

mixplix on July 18, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Its common knowledge that Obama officials, liberals and prostitutes are all synonymous. Nothing new here.

volsense on July 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM