The top military aide Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis – who worked for Defense Secretary Ash Carter – is of course not admitting to everything contained in a Defense Department inspector general’s report of their investigation.
Eleven months ago, Secretary Carter had to fire Lewis – pictured above on the right – because of the allegations that are just now being brought to the forefront.
According to their report, Maj. Gen. Lewis frequented bars of questionable repute around the world, spending sometimes nearly $2,000 in a single night on champagne and other services, and even using his government credit card to pay.
In one case, the senior military aide had gone to a club in Rome called Cica Cica Boom, but Lewis denied having gone to that particular club, stating that he actually went to a place called “Verafollia Srl,” what Lewis claimed was a “high-end establishment with a respectable clientele that had a DJ, a bar area and a dance floor where couples were dancing.”
However, according to the report, the club manager at Cica Cica Boom – a place that advertises lap dances and is conveniently located next door to Caprice Hotel – said that “Verafollia Srl” will appear on clients’ credit card statements to conceal any link to the club. Investigators took photos inside the club, showing stripper poles and a lap dance chair.
It was at that club where Lewis tried to pay with his personal debit card, but when it didn’t go through, he had to walk back to his hotel room with a club employee, wake up a Defense Department staffer, and retrieve his government credit card to pay. During his visit at Cica Cica Boom, he spent almost $1,800 on “two or three bottles of champagne, lots of drinks.”
Lewis stated that he paid the charges once he returned to the U.S.
In another case detailed by the inspector general, Lewis visited an establishment in Seoul, South Korea called the “Candy Bar.” The top military aide denied going there, but did admit to being in a commercial area of the city. He said that when he had returned to the U.S. and saw two charges on his credit card statement totaling about $1,100 from the Candy Bar, he called his bank and reported the charges as fraudulent to have them removed.
But investigators went to the Candy Bar and spoke with an employee there who recognized Lewis, but couldn’t recall any specific details. Investigators also produced two receipts showing that Lewis had made purchases there, but the signature was only a small pen mark.
The report did not suggest any extramarital affair.
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