Arizona Air National Guardsmen make first court appearance in alleged $1.4M scam

TUCSON, AZ - Twenty-one members of the Arizona Air National Guard were arraigned in court Friday related to charges alleging they scammed the government out of nearly $1.4 million.

The military personnel are from the 214th Reconnaissance Group based at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz.

Prosecutors said the guardsmen lived in Tucson, but made it appear as if they were only stationed there temporarily. This then allowed them to collect millions of dollars in allowances.

Most of the military members did not appear in court, however, they had attorneys who stood in for them.

Former Unit Commander Colonel Gregg Davies faces the most charges. He entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney.

Flynn Carey, defense attorney for Col. David, said, "As anything there are two sides to any story and we look forward to telling Colonel Davies side of the story."

According to the Attorney General's office, the guardsmen collected four to five times more than their average pay. In most cases, it was $100,000. The total cost to tax payers $1.4 million.

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