Top ATF official commits fraud, but with 'permission'

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by stg58, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    The ATF fits so well into the holder "Justice" department.

    Top ATF official commits fraud, but with 'permission' - JSOnline
    A top ATF official who oversaw the disastrous "Operation Fast and Furious" took a high-paying private sector job while still collecting his government check.

    The move by William McMahon in 2012 "would have clearly constituted fraud," according to the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General.

    But the OIG throws in this caveat: It was not fraud because McMahon had permission for the arrangement, according to the inspector general report obtained by the Journal Sentinel last week. CNN and first reported on the OIG memo.

    "Absent approval by (former ATF Assistant Director Julie) Torres, McMahon's employment by JP Morgan while on SL (sick leave) from his federal government position would have clearly constituted fraud," according to the report sent to by Inspector General Michael Horowitz to Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

    As Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations (West), McMahon had direct responsibility for oversight of Operation Fast and Furious, in which agents watched as gun traffickers bought guns in Arizona. More than 2,000 weapons ended up "walking" into Mexico, many of the winding up at murder scenes including one where a U.S. Border Guard was slain.

    Horowitz, whose office issued a report highly critical of ATF for Fast and Furious, wrote that McMahon was essentially allowed to double-dip, in an effort by him to improve his retirement payout.

    McMahon's arrangement was approved by Torres, then-ATF attorney and Deputy Designated Agency Ethics Official Melanie Stinnett and Thomas Brandon, the agency's second-in-command.

    There is no indication in the OIG report if anyone was punished for approving McMahon's double-dipping. Torres is now in charge of the ATF's Tampa Field Division. Brandon, a veteran of 25 years who told investigators he didn't know the rules on leave, remains the agency's number two, He testified recently about the agency's botched storefront operations. Stinnett and McMahon are no longer ATF employees, the report says.

    The issue of approval of McMahon's outside employment arrangement may surface at a second congressional hearing, held later this week, on ATF's troubled storefront operations.

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  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Must be nice to have a get out of jail free, or in this case; keep your retirement and government paycheck card!! Where's mine!!
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  3. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Monkey++

    Oh well as long as corrupt managers made an unlawful approval it is all good.

    Wow. Only in govt.
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  4. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Working Monkey Founding Member

    Everybody needs to realize the sacrifices .gov employees make and that they deserve preferential treatment, at our expense.

    Perhaps folks are forgetting they are here to help themselves and we are unworthy commoners.

    The sooner you understand your place in the hierarchy, the better off you'll be.
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