Vikrum Aiyer, an Obomba Administration political appointee, misused government funds to provide himself with 130 taxi trips over a two-year period. Not only that, he lied about them and when filing the paperwork filled in other agency personnel’s names to cover his tracks. That is not an accident, folks.
So not only did he use tax funds inappropriately, he also made the government spend lots of money investigating and writing a report on his malfeasance.
Sure, $15K is less than a drop in the bucket to the government but what would happen to you if you misused your employers money like that?
From the Daily Caller:
A high-ranking official in former President Barack Obama’s administration allegedly used government funds to pay for cab rides and misused his government-issued credit card, according to a recent report.
While working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Vikrum Aiyer, a former senior adviser on Obama’s White House National Economic Council, used government funds for 130 taxi rides over a two-year period against agency rules, and rang up a total of more than $15,000 in unauthorized purchases on his government credit card, the Inspector General (OIG) found.
The OIG’s report does not mention any specific agency personnel, but The Washington Post identified Aiyer as the “political appointee” who misused the credit card and rang up thousands of dollars in cab fares while assisting the patent office in managing a $3.4 billion budget.
When Aiyer would submit documentation for his unauthorized cab rides, he almost always “identified another Agency employee as the passenger” and would sometime use “fictitious names or the names of former employees” to obfuscate his role. One person Aiyer would impersonate was eventually contacted by supervisors.
When investigators interviewed Aiyer, he explained that he learned this process of using the cabs for early morning meetings (any meeting scheduled before 9:00 a.m.) from two other agency officials.