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Senators Call Your Offices…

…You might be missing some furniture.

The U.S. Senate is out of town this week, and somebody may want to make sure its furniture is safe and secure.

An employee assigned to care for furniture used by Senate offices stole and illegally sold more than $13,700 worth of tables and chairs to a used furniture dealer in Virginia, according to a new watchdog report and people familiar with the investigation.

The employee worked for the Architect of the Capitol, the office responsible for maintenance, landscaping and renovations at the U.S. Capitol and adjoining congressional buildings. A report released this week by the AOC inspector general provided limited details of the illegal sale.

On three separate occasions between October 2010 and August 2011, the report said the employee used an AOC vehicle to transport the stolen furniture and sell it to a used furniture store.

The employee, who resigned his position one day before he was set to be fired, sold the furniture to a used furniture store in Virginia, according to two people familiar with the investigation who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. The pieces were not considered valuable antiques, and were mostly excess office furniture previously used in Senate offices, the sources said.

The inspector general’s office learned of the illegal furniture sales from an AOC employee who spotted “what appeared to be AOC Senate furniture for sale in a local used furniture store,” according to the report. Watchdog investigators successfully identified the stolen furniture after finding “government markings” affixed to the furniture, the report said.

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