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Multimillion-dollar recruiting scheme rocks National Guard

Multimillion-Dollar Recruiting Scheme Rocks National Guard

It's been deemed one of the biggest criminal investigations in Army history after an Army audit uncovered a multimillion-dollar recruiting scheme. 'CBS This Morning' explains: 'A senate hearing is just getting underway focusing on alleged fraud in National Guard recruiting. Hundreds of soldiers are under investigation.'

They're accused of taking advantage of bonuses and kickbacks.

In 2005, the National Guard launched the Recruiting Assistance Program, with which Army personnel earned between $2,000 and $7,500 for each person recruited. The Washington Post reports money was deposited directly into the soldiers' bank accounts.

'The bonuses helped the Army meet its recruitment goals during a crucial period, paying out more than $300 million for roughly 130,000 enlistees.'

Then, a 2012 army audit found evidence of potential fraud. USA Today obtained the documents.

'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.'

Formal Army recruiters were not allowed to participate in the Recruiting Assistance Program, but Al Jazeera explains that some played the system when recruits came into the office to enlist on their own.

'These recruiters would go to a third party, say 'hey, look, tell somebody that this was your friend, that this was an an individual that you asked to come in to the recruiting office and enlist in the army,' and then they would split it. It was essentially a kickback,' Al Jazeera America reported.

Senator Claire McCaskill told CBS that the fraudulent earnings could total as much as $300 million. The Senate held a hearing Tuesday to discuss the case. According to a report from KUSA, the investigation could take until 2016.

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bill3fish February 05 2014 at 11:24 PM

I served in the US Army; it is shocking that anyone would dream up such a scheme and pay out our tax dollars to get guys to enlist. The whole program stinks. The need to serve ought to bring in people who want to serve and keep our nation secure. The frequent return of troops to Afghanistan and Iraq is outrageous and extremely abusive of American men and women. The lesson of the Vietnam war is very clear; and repeated in the treatment the Afghans gave to the Russians; the people of a country can and must drive out those who would oppress them; the USA can not do that for them. Get out of Afghanistan and Iraq, bring our wonderful troops home. Let those people kill their oppressors. If they won't they can live with them. Freedom is not free.

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sworth5487 February 05 2014 at 6:36 PM

Future politicians in the making.

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hyper1man February 05 2014 at 6:15 PM

WTF! Thay have a picture of the Brazilian Army Marching. And they are reporting news about the U.S Army National Guard. NICE!!!!!! ********!!!!

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Donny February 05 2014 at 6:11 PM

Now if someone would just investigate the Senate on all their kickbacks and put that money into our debt, I'm guessing we could pay off the Debt is 10 years.

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Mike & Ann February 05 2014 at 5:56 PM

When the Military Pay catches up with Congress, then they want have to live on food stamps and risk their lives for our country.....Let them keep it.....They man power was there so makes no different who got paid with the same amount of cash they would have spent in the first place....Look at he money the President, Congress waste and what they pocket....Let it go...

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ocala7777 February 05 2014 at 5:18 PM

corruption is everywhere. this is america

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edie1a February 05 2014 at 5:07 PM

Why do we have thes kind of progams anyway? Am I the only one that thinks someone will find a way to take adavntage of it. There are a lot of unscrupulous people in this world.

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Charles February 05 2014 at 5:23 PM

How about the new Obamacare TV ads?? What a joke. Richard Simmons on the floor. Cats and Dogs pleading with us to buy Obamacare!! This is criminal to waste taxpayer money . Period!!

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Mike & Ann February 05 2014 at 5:59 PM

Amen Charles.....Waste Not, Want Not does not count the boyz in DC.

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chst586 February 05 2014 at 5:06 PM

I'm certain that most readers have noticed the constant attacks on the US military. The reasons are simple: The Fed Gov is broke, and can no longer feed the military industrial complex. Illegal wars of aggression are now very dangerous, and no longer profitable. Ergo, the US military will be ground to dust, and the first step is to destroy the average American's respect for the services.

Now, if one of our "incompetent" missile officers can manage to "accidentally" launch an atomic weapon, and trigger limited nuclear exchange all will be well. Boobus Americanus will panic, and the Fed Gov will save us all.

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ewa2021830 February 05 2014 at 4:35 PM

I am stunned that the ARMY did not thing something what happen would happen. "Hello"

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Deana Evans February 05 2014 at 4:06 PM

Excuse me by "The Government"

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