How far would you go to get tickets to Burning Man? Well, one Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official violated federal ethics rules to obtain sold-out tickets to the event, according to investigators.
“We found that the Supervisory Agent violated Federal ethics rules when he used his influence with Burning Man officials to obtain three sold-out tickets and special passes for his father, girlfriend, and a family friend,” the Interior Department inspector general’s office wrote in a new report.
The BLM agent also got his family special passes to watch the “Man Burn” — “the high point of the Burning 5 Man event when an effigy is burned at the temple,” according to DOI.
BLM agents provide security at the Burning Man festival, which is held every year on federally-managed Black Rock Desert land in Nevada. The BLM agent in question helped come up with the security plan for the event, but also pressed Burning Man officials for tickets so his family could honor a deceased relative.