posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 04:01 PM
Thousands of California Army National Guard soldiers that reenlisted at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan fighting were paid thousands of dollars
in bonuses to stay in. They say that in 2006 and 2007 they went to mandatory meetings where reenlistments were done "assembly line style" with
bonuses up to $15,000 paid up front.
In 2011 the CANG incentive manager, and three other officers were found guilty of filing false claims of over $15M. The manager was sentenced to 30
months in prison, and the other three to parole after they paid back the amounts.
The CNG assigned 42 auditors to investigate the payment of bonuses, and found that thousands of soldiers were not eligible for the money they were
paid, in both bonuses and student loans, or were paid despite paperwork problems. Now the soldiers are facing wage garnishments, interest, and
collections efforts to repay the money the state says they owe. In some cases it's now over $20,000.
Soldiers are being forced to refinance their homes to come up with the money, while others are looking at selling their homes. Others are paying from
each paycheck, but are paying up to 1/4th of their total income. A total of 9,700 soldiers have been ordered to repay some or all of their bonus.