Army Recruiters May Have Pocketed Millions in Scam
1.7K recruiters suspected of abusing reward program
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2012 4:22 AM CDT
Unscrupulous recruiters may have scammed Uncle Sam for up to $92 million, investigators believe.   (US Army)

(Newser) – Pentagon fraud investigators believe large numbers of recruiters used the Army's efforts to boost its ranks to boost their own bank accounts. Internal documents show that more than 1,700 recruiters are suspected of defrauding an Army National Guard and Reserve program that paid $2,000 bounties to civilian or soldier "recruiting assistants" who brought in new enlistees, the Washington Post finds. The recruiters, unable to claim the bounty themselves, are accused of colluding with assistants to claim rewards for people who had already decided to enlist.

In one case, dozens of recruiters and recruiting assistants were found to have shared the same bank account. The program was introduced in 2005 as the military struggled with personnel shortages in Iraq and Afghanistan. Audit documents state that investigators believe that more than a quarter of the $339 million in bounties paid since the program began may have been fraudulent. The investigation is ongoing, and the military will take appropriate action where allegations of criminal conduct are unearthed, said an Army spokesman.

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Mar 14, 2012 7:49 PM CDT
Reminds me of the recruiting posters from back in the 80's and 90's "Be All you Can Be". The recruiting posters for 2012 should read "Get All you Can Get".
Mar 14, 2012 2:24 PM CDT
I just mailed in my income tax check. I wish that just one time I could feel good about paying mailing my taxes into the U. S. Treasury.
Mar 14, 2012 11:09 AM CDT
Puts a whole new spin on "army of one" doesn't it. Fine upstanding Marines; role models for those aspiring poor high school students who can't find jobs.