The U.S. Postal Service is about one hundred billion dollars in debt, but postal employees wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars misusing pre-paid travel cards, according to an investigation by the service's internal watchdog.
Employees used pre-paid travel cards to buy groceries and expensive meals when they weren't traveling or even working. Some of the most common improper purchases were cash advances for groceries or restaurant meals unrelated to travel.
These pre-paid travel cards are designed to be used for plane tickets, cabs and reasonably priced meals.
This is this week's Golden Hammer story, a weekly story with investigative news partner The Washington Times that shines a spotlight on possible government waste and abuse of tax dollars. The full story can be found on The Washington Times.