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February 3, 2014

McCaskill to hold hearing on “one of biggest fraud investigations in Army history”

Missouri senator to take look at botched recruiting program

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday will hold a hearing on what her office is calling “one of the biggest fraud investigations in U.S. Army history.”

The focus is a recruiting program that encouraged National Guard soldiers themselves to sign up buddies back home. If the friend actually signed up, the soldier was in line for a payment of $2,000 to $7,500.

But the senator is saying oversight of the program was botched and massive fraud followed. An audit raised questions about payments even to generals and colonels.

The program began in 2005 at a time when the Army was struggling to meet recruiting goals.

The hearing begins at 9 a.m. and will be streamed live

here.

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