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Federal Agent's Conduct Draws Fire
Probe Finds Questionable Practices
Richard Belcher, Channel 2 Action News
Originally aired April 28, 2005.
ATLANTA -- A Whistleblower 2 investigation has found that a top federal agent in Atlanta regularly violates the very kind of government rules that he is supposed to enforce.
The Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Justice Department has the power to investigate misconduct by thousands of federal employees. But it is not clear that anyone is policing the man in charge here.
The Office of Inspector General looks over the shoulder of everyone in the Justice Department, from correctional officers to prosecutors.
But we found that the special agent who runs the inspector general's Atlanta office appears to be violating rules that would get other employees in potentially serious trouble.
Cameras caught Special Agent Bill King walking to his government-issued vehicle, tossing his gear in the back seat and driving away at nearly 7 p.m. one evening last February.
It seems inconsequential, but King seems to be flagrantly violating one of the clearly stated rules he's paid more than $100,000 a year to enforce.
Paul Benners retired last year as a special agent who worked in the Atlanta inspector general's office. He says it's an integrity issue. Before retiring, he said he complained to the top brass in Washington, D.C., that King was violating department policies.
"It's very clear that the vehicle is strictly for government use and for our normal and routine commute," Benners said. "Nothing else."
Also, he said that agents sign a document in which they agree to the policy.
Channel 2 Action News obtained a log in which King claimed to have placed his car out of service at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. It appears that the log amounted to two violations in a single day.
He falsely reported the time he put the car out of service, and he drove it to his second job, where he served as a referee as a high school basketball game in northeast Atlanta.
Benners characterized it as "outright misuse of a government vehicle."
On Jan. 14, King claimed that he used his government vehicle until 6 p.m.
But that evening, Channel 2 Action News videotape showed him refereeing another game in Alpharetta, an assignment for which he had to be at the school by 5 p.m.
His government car was not visible that night, but given how backed up rush hour traffic toward Alpharetta can be, King appears to have placed another false entry on his vehicle log.
But those aren't the only questionable entries about the car, which is provided by taxpayer dollars.
Documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News show that King claimed to drive the vehicle between 25 and 30 miles round trip from his home in Buckhead and the Sam Nunn Federal Building in downtown Atlanta.
The trip is actually just over 15 miles, so the federal agent charged with policing other federal employees appears to routinely overstate his own mileage by as much as 88 percent.
Said Benners: "It would seem to me that what's occurring is that the mileage above his round-trip is a cushion in there for possible misuse or failure to account for the use of the vehicle."
When approached by Channel 2 Action News one morning outside his home, King declined comment about the report.
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