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Recruiting fraud, kickback
scandal rocks Army

USA Today, by Tom Vanden Brook

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Posted By:MissMolly, 2/4/2014 10:34:25 AM

WASHINGTON — More than 800 soldiers are under criminal investigation for gaming a National Guard program that paid hundreds of millions in bonuses to soldiers who persuaded friends to sign up during the darkest years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, USA TODAY has learned. Fraudulent payments total in the "tens of millions," with one soldier allegedly pocketing $275,000 in illegal kickbacks, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY. At least four others made more than $100,000 each. "This is discouraging and depressing," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said in an interview. "Clearly, we´re talking about one of the largest criminal investigations

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/4/2014 10:40:34 AM     (No. 9718831)

Is this, too, part of that purge of our military I´ve heard abut?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/4/2014 10:40:59 AM     (No. 9718833)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: god of irony, 2/4/2014 11:27:30 AM     (No. 9718947)

This isn´t about a purge, this is about holding accountable unethical recruiters and others who gamed the system. When GRAP was first introduced everyone of knew it was set up for fraud. I only hope they look into the contractor Accenture who ran this program, I´ve had dealings with them and they came across to me as sleazy.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/4/2014 11:36:43 AM     (No. 9718977)

Hey, they are just following their leaders (politicians) example...no harm/no foul as the saying goes. Did anyone die?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Malia2012, 2/4/2014 12:45:06 PM     (No. 9719092)

#1 IMHO, it IS most certainly the latest "purge" of the Military. The numbers being "purged" is staggering to anyone who is paying attention. In the meantime, when does the investigation of IRS criminality, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, and the Black panthers begin?......never mind

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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/4/2014 12:56:12 PM     (No. 9719117)

Didn´t I just read an article of the HHS paying Ca. millions to recruit more Obamacare insureds?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tennman, 2/4/2014 1:44:26 PM     (No. 9719184)

All this is bad for the military and i´m sure there will be investigations. Meanwhile programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Disability, etc have a 20% fraud cushion built in but no one can seem to find time to review.

Quick question. Which one(s) cost taxpayers BILLIOS annually?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 2/4/2014 2:02:53 PM     (No. 9719203)

Has there ever been any kind of government program that wasn´t a ripe target for fraud and abuse?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: sailor43, 2/4/2014 3:27:06 PM     (No. 9719318)

Interesting that the article says the program started in 2005, but it doesn´t say when the fraud started ...


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