|by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY|
McLeod conducted at least 130 retirement and financial planning seminars for the DEA, though he had little or no formal training and embellished his educational background, claiming that he held a law degree and was a graduate of the University of
"We found no evidence that any of these claims were true,'' the inspector general's report said.
Despite the gaping holes in his personal resume, McLeod won nearly unlimited access to an eager pool of prospective private clients whose favor he curried by donating more than
Some of the seven DEA employees who accepted Super Bowl invitations also were treated to free air travel to the game sites, lodging and other transportation-related benefits worth thousands of dollars.
"We were particularly concerned by the conduct of two DEA employees who accepted gifts from McLeod even though they were involved to some extent in assisting him to obtain speaking engagements with the DEA,'' the report concluded.
In a written response to the inspector general, the DEA declined to address the alleged misconduct, indicating that an investigation is continuing.
"The DEA will consider the evidence compiled by the (inspector general),'' acting Deputy Chief Inspector
Dixon, however, said the agency was implementing the inspector general's recommendations aimed at improving the vetting of financial instructors and establish guidelines for future financial planning seminars.
"She said that as a result, she never became a client,'' the report stated.
One agent who invested nearly
"You would say to yourself, 'How could he rip DEA off?' '' the agent told Justice investigators. "We'd kill him … Who would have the brass to do it to law enforcement. And at the back of your mind, there's a little voice that goes off and we chose to ignore it because you saw bosses who were involved and things like that.''