Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff spent nearly $124,000 on unnecessary first- and business-class air travel during 10 months in 2017, according to a new report from the EPA's Office of the Inspector General. Pruitt resigned seven months later, amid several ethics scandals surrounding his alleged abuse of agency resources, NBC News reported.
Of the 40 trips the report looked at, 16 included travel to, or had stops in, Tulsa, Oklahoma, — the location of Pruitt’s personal residence.
The total cost of all the trips was $985,037.
The inspector general recommended that the agency's chief financial officer determine whether Pruitt or any of the other officials should pay back the excessive airfare from those 10 months, or any additional excessive expenses from the remainder of his tenure.