Amid recent accusations that the military has become another ‘entitlement’ society, comes the allegations that some twenty current and former Arizona Air National Guardsmen have schemed to defraud their employer, the U.S. government.
This week's Verde Independent reported that indictments were unveiled Monday alleging some eight officers and 13 enlisted men and women falsified addresses and records to indicate they were on temporary duty assignments outside of Tucson, when in fact, they were still residing in Tucson.
For those not familiar with military pay structure, that means they were entitled to extra pay, which they apparently collected, to the tune of nearly $1.4 million.
The accused, all predator drone pilots from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base did not act alone. According to the accusations, the ringleader, Col. Gregg Davies, the 214th Reconnaissance Group’s former commander was in on the scheme, garnering over $100,000 for himself while lending an assist to those in his command.
Arizona State Attorney General Tom Horne says of Col. Davies:
“…he used his position to circumvent measures designed to prevent this type of fraud.”
The accused face up to 12 ½ years of imprisonment if convicted.
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