The OCE report stated that Aderholt told investigators: “He believed that it was appropriate when he purchased souvenirs with per diem because he would use his personal money to pay for his lodging or meal if he did not have enough per diem due to the souvenir expense.”
During the OCE’s review, Aderholt repaid a bill for meal expenses that he received in connection with a 2008 trip. According to the report, Aderholt issued a check for $120 to the U.S. Treasury for meals the military provided to him during the trip, after he could not locate a previous check for the amount.
The OCE investigation was sparked in part by an early 2010 Wall Street Journal article reporting that Members routinely pocketed excess per diem on foreign trips. Each of the six lawmakers was quoted in the report, copies of which were included in each of OCE’s reports.