Feds: Former Executive Used CASIS Funds to Pay for Prostitutes

Florida Today reports that a former CASIS executive has been indicted for allegedly using the non-profit organization to pay for prostitutes and falsifying his tax returns.

Charles Resnick, served as chief economist for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS, which is primarily funded by about $15 million annually from NASA.

According to a 10-count indictment filed Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa, Resnick created phony receipts and other documents when filing expense reports that hid spending on prostitutes and escorts during trips to Europe and New York between 2011 and 2015.

“Expenses incurred for escorts, prostitutes, and commercial sexual activities were not part of the ordinary, necessary, and reasonable travel expenses or related expenses for which employees could be reimbursed,” the indictment reads. 

CASIS oversees research on the International Space Station’s National Laboratory. It receives most of its $15 million budget from NASA.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    Oops.

  • gunsandrockets

    42 billion dollars for ISS between 2016 and 2030. Is it wrong for me to feel the scandal story is symbolic of the ISS program?

  • therealdmt

    Man, some guys have balls/no shame. WTF

  • martynW

    The “around the world” jokes write themselves.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Well the political Left likes to complain that they’d rather spend money earmarked for space here on Earth. Here’s a case where both interests are being served.

  • Saturn1300

    NasaWatch always has said CASIS was a cruddy outfit.

  • duheagle

    “Send us hoors, yah! Tousands and tousands a hoors! I marry ’em all you betcha!”

    My best recollection of a line from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. As usual, Heinlein predicted everything.

  • Paul451

    “Expenses incurred for escorts, prostitutes, and commercial sexual activities were not part of the ordinary, necessary, and reasonable travel expenses or related expenses for which employees could be reimbursed,”

    Oh now you tell me.

  • publiusr

    Such a shame to see all that money blown.