Thursday, July 16, 2020

"Texas couple defrauded Army out of millions"

AP:

Federal agents have seized more than 20 vehicles and the money from 10 bank accounts belonging to a married couple of U.S. Army veterans in Texas, saying the pair used personal information stolen from soldiers to defraud the military out of as much as $11 million.

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After arriving at Fort Hood in 2010, [the husband] set up a van company to give employees rides to and from the base under a federal program that subsidizes government workers using mass transit in an effort to reduce traffic and pollution.

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As a platoon sergeant, [he] had access to the personnel records of soldiers under his command, and [his wife] had worked for Army human resources, according to the affidavit. Investigators said [he] used this access to sign soldiers up for the mass transportation subsidy without their knowledge and then routed the payments to his business’ bank accounts.

Starting around 2014, according to the affidavit, [he] registered soldiers around the country for subsidies of $255 or $265 a month. Several enrolled soldiers said they had never ridden in the van pool and investigators found that many were not even at Fort Hood.

This scheme allegedly continued for years, even while [he] was stationed in South Korea