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Military misconduct: 88 cases of bad behavior, IG says

Jul. 1, 2013 - 08:46PM   |  
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The Pentagon’s inspector general announced Monday that it had substantiated 88 cases of misconduct from October through March.

Half of the cases involved “personal misconduct/ethical lapses,” the inspector general found. The remainder of abuses fell under the categories “personnel matters,” “travel” and “government resources.”

There have been a number of high-profile cases of misconduct in recent months. Last month, the office released its report that showed how the West Point superintendent, Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, had improperly used his aides to staff private charity events, feed a friend’s cats and provide driver’s lessons. Instead of pay, he gave them Starbucks gift cards. He agreed to reimburse the employees more than $1,800.

The IG also rapped Army Gen. Kip Ward, the former head of Africa Command. He spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for private travel on military aircraft and stays at luxury hotels, the inspector general found last year. Ward also accepted free meals and tickets to a Broadway show in violation of federal rules.

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