IG: Former top aide to Carter used government credit card for strip clubs
WASHINGTON — The former top military adviser to Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his government credit card for almost $2,900 at two strip clubs and behaved inappropriately with DOD female staff while on official travel, according to a Defense Department inspector general's report released Thursday.
Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis, once considered a fast-rising star and a long-time trusted aide to Carter, was stripped of his position last fall just days after the delegation returned from an international trip that included stops in Malaysia, South Korea and Hawaii.
The strip club charges stem from two previous trips: One in November 2015, when the delegation spent the night in Rome as part of a visit to NATO allies, and one earlier in the spring to South Korea.
During the investigation, Lewis disputed the findings. Upon further investigation the inspector general held their conclusions and recommended that the Secretary of the Army “take appropriate action” against Lewis, which could include a court-martial for false statements and conduct unbecoming of an officer, along with administrative action for misuse of his government credit card.
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