DEA Gives Bonuses To Sex Party-Hosting Agents, Supervisors

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Drug Enforcement Administration agents who allegedly engaged in sex parties with drug cartel-funded prostitutes — and the supervisors who failed to report them — received bonuses, according to a new report from the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.

Ten of the 14 employees who allegedly took part in the sexual misconduct abroad, or failed to hold those agents accountable, received bonuses or other awards, a clear violation of DEA policy, the IG said.

The IG first reported the sex parties in March, prompting headlines and hearings from the Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform.

One DEA regional director and subject of the misconduct investigation received four performance awards, three Senior Executive Service bonus awards and one Meritorious Executive Rank worth a total of $68,600 over a four-year period.

“It is astounding that employees who should have been prosecuted, fired, or at a minimum, severely disciplined for their misconduct, were instead given undeserved promotions and bonuses,” said Rep. [crscore]Jason Chaffetz[/crscore], R-Utah, chairman of the House Committe on Oversight and Government Reform.

“It is troubling that supervisors who looked the other way at employee misconduct received substantial bonuses. Rewarding bad apples promotes a toxic work environment.”

DEA officials also failed to document why they gave the bonuses, so the IG “could not determine the basis for the exceptions DEA officials made in approving such awards,” the report said.

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