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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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PHILL AND TRISHA February 05 2014 at 10:15 AM

..........then theres the general who had taxpayers pay to have his ice sculptures housed in a huge freezer..at taxpayer expense......

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Kathryn February 05 2014 at 9:31 AM

there is not a thing new about using people other than recruiters to do the recruiting. if anyone might be liable for prosecution it would be the 'official' recruiters who gamed the system by taking the kick backs. being compensated for supplying leads which then turned into new recruits goes back at least into the 80's. I know this because I was raised a rate, before I even left for boot camp for supplying X# (I don't remember how many anymore) of leads X# (same thing with the memory) of whom enlisted.

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johnny February 05 2014 at 9:22 AM

Heck, and I joined the Marine Corps when I was 16, just to avoid being drafted into the Army. How things have changed since 1960..........

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flobamaguynow February 05 2014 at 9:21 AM

this is our government at work,, NO WONDER OUR COUNTRY IS SO ****** UP..

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ebs1djl February 05 2014 at 11:40 AM

This scam is the result of a broader policy problem faced by all branches of the service and all components; Reserve, National Guard, and Active component. “Doing more with less” has been the battle cry for over a decade as the size of the active duty force is reduced; demands are increased for the Reserve and National Guard. These “part-timers” are routinely mobilized to fill the ranks and deploy with the active component. The return home only to face re-employment problems, mental and physical health concerns routinely ignored by their communities. A few dollars thrown at the masses to join up seemed like a good idea. I’m sure each National Guard Command kept tabs on what unit had the most personnel participate within the program and if a unit lagged behind they caught grief from above. While no excuse for fraud, personnel looked at this and said to themselves, “Wait a second, they are giving this guy a couple grand to join up and I came back from two deployments, received a happy hand shake and am fighting to stay in due to budget constraints, give me someof this.” Our warfare-welfare nation is facing a serious problem. Less than 2% of the population ever serves in uniform. Congress and the President haven’t a clue regarding foreign policy and deploy our forces without real serious thought of the consequences for our nation or its troops. We make promises to those that serve and then benefit cuts are made to those that serve this nation. Sadly, senior military leaders are more concerned with obtaining the next star or contractor position upon retirement. When’s the last time you saw a General Officer take a position publicly that a policy was ill advised? Seems like a group of “Yes” people prevail. It took 4 years (1941-1945) for America to win WWII. We have been at war since 2001. What’s up? I say either bring back the draft and have the nation 100% committed to fighting our nation’s war or unionize the force, lock in guarantees in entitlements and working conditions, our turn the whole thing over to contractors who can probably do it faster, cheaper, better. Lastly, how does the government intend to prosecute those involved? How much money was stolen, and how much money will be spent investigating the matter? I'm sure senior personnel involved will be able to cut deals, while those of lessor grade are made examples. After all, its the American way.

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payneiandiaz February 05 2014 at 8:59 AM

Fraud, grand larceny, conspiracy are all felonies. Recruiters, who arranged this should be imprisoned, when convicted. Other participants should face Dishonorable Discharge, with
clemency for those who cooperate early. We will have to let the DOD investigate and prosecute
this. I wouldn't trust Holder's Department of Justice thugs to do it. 800 bad actors out of millions
of honorable service personnel,. can't be allowed to dishonor the rest.

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Roberta payneiandiaz February 05 2014 at 9:20 AM

I agree about the military

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Anthony Dunham payneiandiaz February 05 2014 at 9:52 AM

Why would we let the department responsible for the fraud investigate itself? Does that make any sense to you? This happened under the Department of Defense's watch, but you feel it to be perfectly sensible to let them prosecute themselves and "bring themselves to justice." I can't believe people such as yourself are allowed to vote.

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louc1001 February 05 2014 at 11:40 AM

What do you expect from a government that is no good from the top.

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jemceleney February 05 2014 at 8:58 AM

what a shame!!! How do these guys sleep at night? Greed, greed and more greed.

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Roberta jemceleney February 05 2014 at 9:26 AM

They just join with the wealthy, You get sc**wed everyday by the wealthy employers

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davidhusapa February 05 2014 at 11:40 AM

This is really about the Military "They're accused of taking advantage of bonuses and kickbacks." How about the thousands of billions of kickbacks and payoffs that this administration takes every year from the top to the bottom. They are just doing the same thing as the rest of this Government!

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JOHN February 05 2014 at 11:43 AM

What happened to courage, HONOR, and committment?

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