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“Highly Unorthodox” Spending Account Used by A.T.F.

By September 10, 2017 No Comments

A “slush fund” of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (the A.T.F.) recently received more public exposure by the New York Times. According to the Times, “thousands of pages of newly unsealed records reveal a widespread scheme — a highly unorthodox merger of an undercover law enforcement operation and a legitimate business.” Multi-million-dollar payments made to informants and money used by an agent for his own private life are examples of non-investigative expenses that traveled through the fund. “The A.T.F. now acknowledges it can point to no legal justification for the scheme.”