Secret Service investigators never formally questioned a senior agent who co-workers say was implicated in a Colombian prostitution scandal that ensnared a dozen other agents.
A high-level special agent, who was later promoted, played a key role in advance work on the trip to Cartagena that became notorious when reports surfaced that agents had hired prostitutes there.
Co-workers believe that the agent should have been included in the Secret Service’s review of the matter, but when he wasn’t, at least one filed a complaint about him with the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.
One reason why the agent may not have been investigated at first: location.
While hotel records indicated that women visited multiple agents’ rooms at the Hotel Caribe and the Hilton Cartagena, the senior agent’s alleged encounter occurred at the apartment of a DEA agent stationed in Cartagena, three sources familiar with the investigations said.