By John Lee.
BBC reports that more than 1,200 people are under investigation in relation to a US military recruitment fraud during the Iraq war.
The alleged fraud, in which referral fees were illegally collected for recruiting soldiers, is said to have cost the US government at least $29 million, and possibly as much as $100 million.
The programme paid soldiers, civilians and retirees $2,000 to $7,500 to recruit friends and family into the military, according to congressional documents.
Investigators claim that some high school principals and guidance counsellors accepted money for recruiting students who they knew were already planning to join the military.
Other recruiters illegally accepted bonuses after forcing subordinates to register as recruiting assistants, before substituting their own bank account information.
More than 700 recruiters and 200 military officers are under investigation, and several former recruiters and soldiers have been indicted on federal charges.
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