Arizona Air National Guard members indicted in pay scheme
File photo of Col. Gregg Davies, formerly of Arizona Air National Guard.
October 21st, 2013
06:53 PM ET

Arizona Air National Guard members indicted in pay scheme

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An Arizona grand jury has indicted 21 members of the Arizona Air National Guard, including a colonel, for allegedly defrauding the federal government out of more than $1.4 million, Arizona's attorney general announced Monday.

The guardsmen were part of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, which operated Predator drones over Iraq and Afghanistan from a base in Tucson, Arizona.

According to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, between November 2007 and September 2010, the guardsmen, allegedly with knowledge and help from the unit's then-commander Col. Gregg Davies, allegedly falsified documents stating that they lived outside the Tucson area while on federal active duty at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, which made them eligible for increased duty pay.

According to a release from Horne's office,Col. Davies "is alleged to have provided assistance to 20 co-defendants, using his position of authority to circumvent measures that were supposed to prevent unauthorized temporary duty entitlements when military members are neither deployed nor away for training from their home."

Some of the members allegedly pocketed more than $100,000 in pay beyond what they should have earned.

Because the alleged fraud covered time while the guardsmen were on federal active duty, no state money was involved, only federal money.

Attorney General Horne said in the release that "some of these men and women received benefits in excess of 4 and 5 times their salaries in temporary duty entitlements. Conversely, our brave men and women overseas were making pennies on the dollar compared to what this group was receiving while still going home to their families each night."

The indicted Guard members are expected to be arraigned later this week.

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    November 28, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
  2. David

    Before all of you "valorous and honorable veterans" spout off too much about integrity, you need to understand there is more to this story than the media is reporting. Also the media is only reporting what the AZ Air National Guard and the prosecutor is telling them. The AZ ANG had a recent shake up in its leadership, and there is a possibility these allegations are being made for retaliation. I have also noticed in the last few years, the Air Force especially, is prosecuting a number of people on voucher fraud and forgetting there are personnel in he comptroller's office that are responsible to review and correct vouchers before paying them. Why are these people not being held accountable for approving and allowing erroneous vouchers to pass their desk? Now, if the guardsmen are truly guilt of defrauding the Govt, then let the punishments fit the crimes; but do not fail to punish ALL responsible parties such as the finance officers that approved the vouchers for payment. But keep in mind there is more going on here than you know.

    October 27, 2013 at 1:42 am | Reply
  3. Blasphemer

    The real enemies of America are AIPAC and the ADL.

    October 23, 2013 at 3:10 am | Reply
  4. Blasphemer

    Yikes! The signs of a dying empire are corruption at all levels of government and an impoverished people. Is Mayor Bloomberg going to jail also? There is massive corruption in NYC politics.

    October 23, 2013 at 3:09 am | Reply
  5. Tony Torres

    As a VietNam vet and American it disgust me that people that profess to love their country and than back stab it for money, these people are lower than dirty. Greed is taking our country down the hole.

    October 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • WERTWERT32452345

      How right you are, Tony! That's why the M.I.C. in Washington is so powerful and now it owns both the White House and the majority in Congress and why we're constantly at war! No Tony, greed is definitely not good!

      October 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  6. Michael

    I hate to see stories like this. The ANG should live and die by the same code of honor and discipline that the regular Air Force should live by as well. Nowhere in "Duty, Honor, Country" do I see anything about fleecing the American taxpayer. All overages should be refunded to the Treasury and the guilty put away FOR LIFE.

    October 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Don't forget Michael, that there is no honor whatsoever in slaughtering innocent civilians with those ungodly drones of ours, either. This needs to be outlawed by the UN as a crime against humanity!

      October 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
      • Warheads on Foreheads

        Please explain to me how the use of UAVs is ungodly. I'm pretty sure I must have missed that part of the bible. The fact is drone strikes are far less likely to cause civilian casualties than any other munition delivered by an aircraft. You are completely ignorant to how they're employed, and do nothing more than parrot what you've heard about them. You are the definition of ill informed, wear that badge proudly.

        October 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
      • Patriotsfan94

        Go be stupid somewhere else.

        October 23, 2013 at 2:08 am |
    • Warheads on Foreheads

      As an ANG member I am completely embarrassed by this story. This Col, if guilty, should be stripped of all benefits and imprisoned. This is a horrible black eye for THEIR UNIT, and is not indicative of how the ANG operates.

      October 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • mike

        They will never strip flyboys and wanna-be flyboys (explain to me why they wear flight suits sitting in an air conditioned video game console when they are made for safety and escape and evasion). Heaven help if there are any enlisted involved because they will be crucified while the officers will just be allowed to retire.

        October 23, 2013 at 3:58 am |
  7. Gulf War Vet 1991

    I guess they were all collecting "virtual combat" pay! LOL...

    October 22, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
  8. George patton

    It's these filthy creeps who need to be indicted, taken to the ICC and be tried for the obscene butchery of innocent civilians in both Afghanistan and Iraq with those ungodly drones! The fact that this is not taking place shows just how unfair life really is!!! After WW2, we tried both Germans and J apanese for less!

    October 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Warheads on Foreheads

      You obviously don't know WWII history if you think that the use of drones is obscene butchery of innocent civilians. You do understand that we fire bombed Tokyo for an extended period of time killing HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of innocent civilians. It sucks that innocent people die in war, but that will never change. I assure you the number of "innocent civilians" killed by "drones"–or just killed period in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq–is significantly less than were killed in 1 day of fire bombing during WWII.

      October 22, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply

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