Hundreds Investigated over Fraudulent Military Recruiting Kickbacks

Has cost the government at least $29 million


Hundreds of soldiers and civilians are under criminal investigation for allegedly using a National Guard recruiting program to secure fraudulent payments and kickbacks.

Two U.S. Army generals revealed details of the probe Tuesday to a Senate subcommittee. The Senate panel was told that as many as 200 officers, including two generals, are suspected of participating in fraud.

Military officials said the alleged fraud has cost the government at least $29 million and possibly tens of millions more. The program offered $2,000 to $7,500 per recruit for referrals during a period of the Iraq war.