Eight of the 14 Drug Enforcement Administration agents investigated for soliciting prostitutes and attending sex parties received financial rewards during the probe, a report found.
Racking up infractions generally won’t elicit any rewards — except when working for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Several DEA agents who were investigated for allegedly partying with prostitutes in Colombia, received financial bonuses during the probe, a report found.
The internal review by the U.S. Department of Justice, issued on Thursday, found 10 instances where the agency approved bonuses — ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 32,000 — for eight of the 14 agents involved in the sex scandal, despite having been “disciplined for significant misconduct.”
The agents collectively raked in a staggering $ 68,600 in bonuses, the review found.
The report also indicated that none of the agents received promotions, but one of the DEA agents involved in the scandal has retired, two of the 14 employees under investigation currently assume the same position overseas that they held during the incidents, and 11 serve as supervisors or agents at a variety of DEA offices.
In three instances, there was no documentation explaining the basis for rewarding personnel under the circumstances, the report said.
Justice Department Inspector Michael Horowitz outlined in the report that the DEA has a policy that prohibits employees from receiving monetary rewards amid an investigation of their conduct, or for the subsequent three years following disciplinary action for a major transgression.
Fraternizing with prostitutes would fall under that category.
The sex party probe, which was initially launched back in 2010, only exploded earlier this year when the details were made public.
DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart garnered censure for not sufficiently disciplining the agents involved and resigned from her post shortly thereafter.
The report concluded that the DEA did not adhere to its policy and failed to document the basis for its rewards.
“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,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who called for the report, said in a statement.
The Department of Justice recommended that, going forward, DEA management ensures its officials comply with its reward policy and that the agency should conduct “integrity checks” when officials propose financial bonuses for its employees.