21 National Guard soldiers charged with defrauding government

21 National Guard soldiers charged with defrauding government

PHOENIX — A former special military unit commander and 20 of current and former Air National Guard soldiers have been charged with defrauding the government. Indictments unveiled Monday contend that the soldiers falsified records and used fake addresses to say they were on temporary assignments outside of Arizona when, in fact, they were still living at home in Tucson.

That act is significant because those assignments entitle the soldiers to get extra “temporary duty disbursements.’ And state Attorney General Tom Horne said that, for some of the soldiers, that extra pay over the course of three years amounted to more than $100,000 apiece.  Overall, he said the total amount stolen from taxpayers, was $1.4 million.

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