Massive Fraud Has Been Unveiled At The EPA (Again)

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

While I doubt anyone reading this will be shocked by major fraud at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the potential extent of the fraud is huge, and we still have no idea how big it is.

A report released by the EPA’s Inspector General found that over 90% of sampled transactions were for “prohibited, improper, or erroneous purchases.” Worst of all, the sample size was extremely small at only 80 transactions out of 67,000 transactions during the sample period. Considering EPA cardholders spent $29 million in taxpayer dollars in 2012 with a potential 90% fraud rate, you do the math.

Oh, but the story gets even better (or worse, depending on your perspective). Examples of egregious fraud at the EPA have been well documented in the past, in fact as recently as in 2008. Absolutely nothing was done about it.

More from Americans for Tax Reform:

A report released by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General has found that EPA employees have improperly used federal charge cards to purchase everything from gym memberships to gift cards. The report indicated that over 90 percent of the sampled transactions were for prohibited, improper, or erroneous purchases, all paid for by American taxpayers. Ironically, Senate Democrats Monday night carried on an all-night filibuster in the hopes of generating even more power and funding for the EPA.


The report outlined nine specific internal control oversight issues, ranging from the approval of prohibited transactions by EPA officials to the outright failure to maintain transaction records.


Some specific instances of EPA employee misconduct were so egregious they are worth mentioning. In three instances, cardholders purchased gym memberships totaling $2,867. Two of those purchases were not even for EPA employees but for family members.


The report also found that the purchase of gift cards by EPA cardholders was also a problem in seven transactions. For example, in one transaction 20 American Express gift cards were purchased totaling $1,588. Additionally, the report highlighted an instance where EPA employees blatantly violated records keeping requirements in that:

Two transactions totaling $26,152 could not be located despite instructions to maintain supporting documentation. The EPA’s policy requires the retention of documentation for 3 years on a fiscal year basis. Cardholders were not attentive to this basic requirement. In two cases, the cardholders left their positions and no arrangements were made to retain the records. In another transaction the cardholder stated that records were not kept because of privacy concerns. This lack of documentation increases the risk that purchases could be fraudulent, improper or abusive.

It must also be pointed out that the report focused on only 80 transactions out of 67,000, ninety-two percent of which turned out to be prohibited or improper.For FY 2012, the EPA had “1,370 active cardholders that transacted more than $29 million in purchases.” The EPA also had “309 convenience check writers who wrote more than 1,000 checks totaling more than $500,000.” It is very likely the 80 transactions sampled are just the tip of an iceberg characterized by improper and wasteful spending of federal funds.


The ultimate irony is that a similar report conducted in 2008 found the exact same internal control weaknesses as those found in the most recent report conducted by the Inspector General. Due to an obvious inability of EPA officials to correct these internal control weaknesses, there is no guarantee that any of the prohibited and improper conduct by EPA employees will change.


Full article here.


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SilverIsKing's picture

Don't worry, the DOJ is on it.  No, not the EPA fraud, the hate crime committed by a white dude against a black dude.  You know, the knockout game.

Headbanger's picture

Of course nothing is done about the EPS fraud because its the one of the libtards favorite government scams to "protect the environment"!


Chuck Norris's picture

The fraud will continue until morale improves.

rehypothecator's picture

Hold each employee personally responsible for every improper purchase, and for every proper purchase for which documentation can not be produced.  

WillyGroper's picture

>>>>In another transaction the cardholder stated that records were not kept because of privacy concerns.

No worries, NSA's got a backup. Prosecutions forthcoming.

mtl4's picture

.........and of course no one at DOJ will have the proper clearance to view the NSA backups.  

CPL's picture

It's okay in Canada we've been enriching uranium for weapons and some idiot spilled 50 lbs of it all over the Halifax docks and the government is pretending Radioactive material with a half life of 8000 years isn't an issue.

specs of where the accident happened while the Uranium HexaFlouride was dumped all over the place

What is uranium Hexaflouride?

Since Canada hasn't been in the situation of building a nuclear plant because no one in their right mind would buy a piece of shit CANDU reactor.  There is only one other purpose for Uranium hexaflouride.  Nuclear bombs.

The real shame of it is, someone has carelessly shit up where I like to go fishing and find peace and quiet.

Cthonic's picture

Canada accounts for around a quarter of global uranium production and exports nearly all they produce.  Uranium hexafloride is the most common form of industrial uranium consumed in current enrichment processes.  That first article mentions uranium tetrachloride, which would be relatively unusual; historically was used in large scale in first generation enrichment calutrons.

CPL's picture

Yeah peddling poison as a solution, heard it before, don't care...let see.

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chumbawamba's picture

I propose the death penalty.  Or worse, appoint them ambassadors to Libya.

I am Chumbawamba.

CPL's picture

Sentenced to clean grease traps in fast food places for the remainer of their lives and make bio diesel.

A is A's picture

I'll be shocked if it is just the EPA...

Muddy1's picture

Each employee is held personally responsible for EVERY transaction they do using one of these government credit cards.  There can be hell to pay if you misuse it, even accidentally, and accidentally does happen.  I had one as a federal employee, and had an accidental use of the card.  I got a nasty gram from the person in charge of card useage.  Scared the snot out of me, and I walked the straight and narrow afterwards.  I taped a small slip of paper over the card and had the word "travel" written on the paper, then I put the card in a hard to reach area in my wallet so that I never mixed cards again.  When my boss and I talked about the misuse he told me he had made a mistake or two as well.  I told him about the note taped to the card, he showed me he had done the same thing.  We never got any more nasty grams.  I took a class in government contracting, found out just how liable employees can be for misuse of the cards or approving other expenditures through government contracts.  Scared the snot out of me.  Did what I could to change jobs and get away from all risk.  Believe me, some people will get thrown in jail even though they do what they are told to do by higher ups.  I'm not going down for someone else.

adr's picture

I wonder what happened to all those people that used Katrina relief cards for hookers and Xboxes.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

You don't sound like a criminal.  Are you sure you worked for the US government?

greyghost's picture

headbanger are you really this stupid! Mike posts an excellant article about deep seated corruption within the federal goverment and you bring the level of discussion down to the 2nd grade. please note that mike states this report goes back to 2008. headbanger do you know who was president that year. do you really believe that this all just started in the last 5 years and has not been going on for ten, twenty or thirty years? have you been following the situation with duke energy and their coal dust problems in north carolina? do you know whether the governor of north carolina is of the blue or red stripe peacock persuasion? can you name the company that the current governor of north carolina worked for these past thirty years? does your mommy let you out of the basement for sunlight and fresh air? the corruption runs very very deep, with peacocks with red and blue stripes at local, state and federal levels. what will you do when obama is gone? change the name but not the game? 

adr's picture

The fraud was massive under Bush, but Obama has taken it to a whole other level.

Just look at what the First Wookie spends a month.

malek's picture

Do you have comprehension issues?

He explained why nothing will be done at this moment against this ongoing fraud. And he has a valid point.

trader1's picture

i'm sorry, but you're one of the delusional ones.  or just snarky, i can't tell...

please see the origins of the environmental movement:

you know that Nixon created the EPA, right?

A Nanny Moose's picture

All this time I though ManBearPig invented the Environment, right about when he invented the Intertewbz. Who coulda knowd?

Thought Processor's picture



The EPA serves the corrupt Gov.


After 9/11, where two buildings with the largest Asbestos installation in the world were turned into dust, the EPA said the air quality was 'A OK'.  Right.


After Fukushima all the radiation monitors on the west coast which feed data to the EPA were shut off.  No fallout here folks, move along.




Oh and, a lawyer could argue that both of the above are in fact crimes against humanity, as both enable an environment that presents a grave danger to those within it.  And they knowingly looked the other way, which is in direct violation of their charter.

daemon's picture

" After 9/11, where two buildings with the largest Asbestos installation in the world were turned into dust, the EPA said the air quality was 'A OK'.  Right.


After Fukushima all the radiation monitors on the west coast which feed data to the EPA were shut off.  No fallout here folks, move along. "

Don't forget their tendency to drop investigations about fracking.


NotApplicable's picture

Better yet, they'll top it all of by selling you cancer insurance.

tarsubil's picture

Holy crap. I didn't realize the twin towers had cancer micro-rods in them. The exposure has to be astronomical.

Anywho, the EPA has a super sweet building in Crystal City. *ahem* project mayhem! *ahem* The gym memberships must have been for that posh fitness club nearby.

Thought Processor's picture



Not to mention that before 9/11 the quoted cost of removal of the Asbestos in the towers was higher than the value of the buildings themselves. 

And after:

Evidence of Asbestos

Two independent lines of evidence may help to establish the magnitude of the asbestos problem in the Twin Towers: analysis of samples of the dust from the Towers' collapses, and reports about the application and removal of asbestos in the buildings prior to their destruction.

A region of several square miles was blanketed by fine powder resulting from the explosive collapses of the Twin Towers. This powder, consisting of the pulverized remains of non-metallic components and contents of the Towers, contained significant percentages of asbestos. 1   An analysis of dust within three days of the attack found that some of the dust was four percent asbestos. 2   This asbestos release may be a public health time bomb, because thousands of people breathed dust from the collapses. It remains to be seen how many if them will become victims of the EPA's false assurances that the air was safe to breathe.


Clearly the EPA is does not exist to protect citizens of the United States.

SWRichmond's picture

The purpose of govt is looting.  Period.

Rafferty's picture

Clearly the EPA is does not exist to protect citizens of the United States.

Lucky Larry Silverstein wouldn't agree with ya....

shovelhead's picture


They cited a suburban guy for burning leaves in his backyard last fall so it all evens out.

VD's picture

EPA needs to merge with SEC so both may save on porn charges...

Theta_Burn's picture

...And the consequences will be?

Luckhasit's picture

Don't worry, the DOJ is on it.  No, not the EPA fraud, the hate crime committed by the ultra weatlhy dude against the middle class and poor dude. You know, the stock market.

There fixed it for you. 

PapSmear's picture

Our Dear Leader will see to it that heads
roll for this.

kchrisc's picture

With nothing to see or do in Utah, the FBI will be joining the "investigation." That is, unless they aren't busy cooking up another entrapment false-flag.


"The FBI always gets their patsy."

irie1029's picture

They are "entitled" they are government employees.

PlusTic's picture

Here's a little tip in an analyizing US gov't agencies.  Whenever there is a word such as protection, enforcement, investigation, or intelligence in the agencies name, the opposite is the reality.  They create the problems they are designed to solve. 

prains's picture National Security and Homeland Security are fronts for organized crime? sounds fast and furious

malek's picture

You forgot "justice" in your list.

firstdivision's picture

This biggest shocking headline would read "Massive Fraud Has Been Unveiled in DC"

I Am Not a Copper Top's picture

No words - so disgusted

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Let's get rid of it altogether! Who needs clean water and clean air to breath? Maybe we should privatize it? A handsomely paid group of executives could whip that agency into shape. We may all be chewing our air and boiling our water, but it would be motherfucking profitable.

Dr. Engali's picture

People who are okay with fraud on any level are more contemptible than those who actually commit the fraud in my book.

Colonel Klink's picture

It's a role which should be at the STATE level, not Federal.  Please tell me where in the Constitution is says the Federal government is to regulate that duty?

pods's picture

The Preamble dude.  It overrules the entire rest of the document.

General Welfare.

Now if I can just understand why they even had a rest of the document if those two words work for everything.

General Welfare is the equivalent of the meteorological "El Nino."


Colonel Klink's picture

Agreed I guess, but by that theory why have states then?  Essentially the federal government is everything.  It's debatable that the EPA is serving to improve the prosperity of "the People".

I'd argue those powers not prohibited of States are powers of the Federal government.  Anything beyond those are the perview of the state and not the Feral (sic) government.

I will add that any debate is a moot point as the Federalists have won!

pods's picture

Well you know where I stand, 95% of the government is unconstitutional, including our standing army.

Just tried to toss out the other side.

I have actually read a long editorial about how the BOR was actually a bad thing, because listing any rights would eventually lead to those not listed being recognized. That of course is why the 9th and 10th were included.

Didn't work out so well though. IIRC, it was actually Hamilton who argued this exact point, which is quite ironic.

The inclusion of the BOR definitely muddied the purpose of the Constitution, which was a framework for the general government.  Now it is backwards and used to limit the freedom and liberty of the people.


Colonel Klink's picture

We're definitely on the same page pods.  Good day to you Sir.