U.S. Department of Defense

Former DOD Aide Fired For Charging Strip Club Tabs To The Pentagon

Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis paid off two major bills from strip clubs with a Pentagon-issued credit card.

By Matt Picht | October 6, 2016

It's generally a bad idea to rack up an $1,800 bill at a strip club. It's an even worse idea to try to pay off that tab on the company credit card. And really, really don't do either of those if you work for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis used to be an aide for Defense Secretary Ash Carter. He was fired from that role about a year ago for misusing a government credit card. And a DOD report released today went into more detail about what that misuse entailed.

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Specifically, Lewis used the government card to pay about $1,100 to a South Korean strip club and almost $1,800 to a different strip club in Rome. He faces demotion and a possible fine.

Lewis initially claimed that his credit card was stolen in South Korea, and the card company forgave the $1,100 charge. "Lying to a credit card company and bank" is also on his rap sheet, according to the report.

On the release of the report, Carter reiterated what he said when Lewis was first fired: He expects "the highest possible standards of conduct from the men and women in this department. ... No exceptions."

The report also accused Lewis of engaging in inappropriate behavior around women and excessive drinking in public but didn't find enough evidence to substantiate charges based on those findings. The U.S. Army says it's still evaluating the report to decide what disciplinary actions to take with Lewis.

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