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FOIA Request from AP Turns Up Questionable VA Spending

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Using the Freedom of Information Act, the Associated Press obtained a list of 3.1 million Veterans Administration purchases in the 2007 budget year. It found hundreds of thousands of dollars had been spent through credit card charges at casinos, luxury hotels, movie theaters and at high end retailers. One time charges ranged up to $8,000. On at least six occasions, employees based at VA headquarters in Washington made credit card charges at Las Vegas casino hotels totaling $26,198. (4/7/08)