Calif. National Guard May Have Misused $100M

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The federal agency in charge of funding for the National Guard is examining its procedures for detecting fraud after a report revealed allegations of misuse of $100 million.

A Sacramento Bee article published Sunday reported charges that the California Army National Guard gave millions of dollars to soldiers who didn’t qualify for the money.

The National Guard Bureau is responsible for federal funds given to state Guard organizations. The agency’s national investigation into its own procedures was launched after the Bee report.

A federal auditor reported the allegations to the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service, and a federal criminal investigation led by the U.S. Department of Justice was launched in August.

A spokesman for the California National Guard says they are cooperating.

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