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CIA contractors were fired after stealing more than $3,000 in snacks from vending machines. Good old Buzzfeed has the story.
The thefts took place starting in the fall of 2012 and continued through March 2013, according to a declassified Office of Inspector General report from October 2013. The report is one of hundreds only recently released to BuzzFeed News through a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit filed in 2015.
The "theft scheme" involved unplugging a cable connecting the machines to an electronic payment system called FreedomPay, and then using "unfunded FreedomPay cards" to buy the snacks at no cost.
After thefts were reported, the CIA installed some cameras, and caught the perpetrators.
An unidentified number of other contract employees, one of whom was caught on camera, were identified as suspects. They quickly admitted to the thefts. All then surrendered their CIA badges, were escorted from the building by security, and were fired by their respective contract employers.
The workers were estimated to have stolen $3,314.40 worth of goods from the vending machines.
The OIG referred the matter to the US Attorney's Office for prosecution, but the Department of Justice declined to press charges.
It's good that these people were fired, but that's rather impressive. A whopping $3,314.40 worth of goods stolen from vending machines. You thought 2017 couldn't get any weirder.