Kickback Scandal Rocks US Army, 800 Soldiers Under Investigation
A scandal is rocking the US Army after a series of fraud and kickbacks have put 800 soldiers under investigation. This is one of the largest criminal investigations in US Army history. The fraud and kick backs supposedly arise from a program that encouraged soldiers to recruit friends to join the military.
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 in the history of the Army.”