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Feds: No show Pa.-Md. Guard scam cost nearly $300K

Wednesday - 3/5/2014, 4:10pm  ET

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- U.S. Attorney David Hickton of Pittsburgh says a no-show job scheme involving a retired Pennsylvania colonel and a civilian contractor from Maryland has cost the Air National Guard nearly $300,000.

Hickton's remarks came after retired Col. Gerard Mangis, of Shaler Township, appeared before a federal magistrate on conspiracy and other charges Wednesday. Mangis and his attorney declined comment after he was released on bond.

Prosecutors say Mangis helped 50-year-old Bel Air, Md., resident Robert St. Clair get a no-show job as a tech sergeant at a Guard base where Mangis worked near Pittsburgh. In return, St. Clair, who worked for the National Guard Bureau at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, allegedly helped Mangis get paid for shifts he didn't actually work.

St. Clair will surrender in the coming weeks.

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