Report: No widespread problems at Secret Service

By By ALICIA A. CALDWELL

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Homeland Security Department's inspector general's report says there is no evidence of widespread misconduct within the Secret Service.

The 145-page report was issued Friday. That's more than 18 months after the agency in charge of protecting the president was embroiled in a high-profile South American prostitution scandal.

The inspector general's office made its conclusions based on a survey answered by about 41 percent of the agency's staff and interviews with 200 managers and supervisors.

In April 2012, 13 agents and officers were accused of carousing with female foreign nationals at a Cartagena, Colombia, hotel where they were staying in advance of President Barack Obama's arrival.

Some of the women were prostitutes and the incident became public after one prostitute and an agent fought over payment.

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