- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former clerk at a federal records warehouse in St. Louis has pleaded guilty to misfiling hundreds of military records.

Twenty-eight-year-old Lonnie Halkmon was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation. He had previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of destroying government records at the National Personnel Records Center. The center is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Halkmon was charged after a 2012 audit found that he had wrongly filled nearly three-fourths of 1,200 files assigned over a three-month period. Archives workers could earn bonus pay through an incentive program for completing more filings.

Supervisors say some employees would deliberately file the records of several veterans in one file in a process known as “stashing.”

A second employee charged in the case awaits sentencing.


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