AZ Air National Guard members due in court this morning - Tucson News Now

AZ Air National Guard members due in court this morning

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A group of Arizona Air National Guard members based out of Tucson are scheduled to appear in Superior Court today.

They are facing serious allegations – they are accused of lying about where they lived in order to get extra pay from the government.

Eight officers and 13 enlisted men and women are involved in this $1.4 million scam.  All involved worked out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and were part of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, an elite group tasked with remotely flying drones over Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Arizona Attorney General's office stated the group falsified records and used fake home addresses out of state in order to receive extra money from the government.  Officials stated the alleged fraud happened from November 2007 and September 2010.

Some of the defendants took salaries that were up to five times the amount they should have been receiving. Others defrauded the government for more than $100,000 each. 

All allegations are stemming from an 18-month investigation by both state and federal agencies; if found guilty the military members could face more than 12 years in prison. 

Stay with Tucson News Now for updates on this situation as they come in.

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