- NAACP: Detroit water shutoffs are racially motivated
- Obama family set to buy $4.25M desert home in California: report
- Big milestone for Britain’s little Prince George who turns 1
- Murphy: Israel must be wary of Hamas using civilian deaths for recruitment
- Royce: Putin recruiting ‘every skinhead and malcontent around Russia’
- Nancy Pelosi is adamant: Congress worked together when Bush was president
- ‘Slender Man’ stabbing victim receives Purple Heart from anonymous veteran
- Kentucky city called socialist for buying gas station, undercutting competitor fuel prices
- Israel hits five mosques, sports complex in overnight Gaza strikes
- Hillary Clinton dogged for refusing reporters’ questions on book tour
Md. man pleads to no-show job at Pennsylvania base
Question of the Day
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former civilian contractor who worked at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland pleaded guilty Monday to helping the vice commander of a base near Pittsburgh receive extra pay in exchange for getting the civilian a no-show job at the Pennsylvania base.
Robert St. Clair, 50, of Bel Air, Md., entered the pleas to conspiracy, theft and false claims against the United States before U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab in Pittsburgh. Prosecutors contend the overall scheme cost the government about $300,000 but didn’t say how much St. Clair benefited.
St. Clair was charged last month along with retired Air National GuardCol. Gerard Mangis, who resigned in September 2011 as vice commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing based at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Sometime in 2002, St. Clair encountered unspecified financial problems and needed income to keep from losing his security clearance, which would have threatened his job in Maryland. That’s when Mangis agreed to fudge some paperwork to make St. Clair an enlisted technical sergeant at Mangis‘ base - a no-show job for which St. Clair was paid and received various military benefits without doing anything, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci told the judge.
St. Clair faces 18 to 24 months in federal prison under federal sentencing guidelines when he returns to court Dec. 12.
St. Clair’s work as a financial analyst included allocating “workdays” - or eight-hour paid shifts - to Guard bases around the country. Those workdays were supposed to be assigned to base employees, so they could be paid for performing various duties. But Mangis, instead, used extra workdays assigned to him to collect pay over and above his $128,000 annual salary.
TWT Video Picks
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- Hillary Clinton dogged for refusing reporters' questions on book tour
- PRUDEN: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis
- Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
- Hamas terrorists wear Israeli army uniforms to ambush soldiers in Gaza
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
- Blunder on the bases costly in D-Backs' 4-3 loss
- Nancy Pelosi: Congress worked together when Bush was president
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq