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Air Guardsmen to pay back money in fraud case

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By TERRY TANG
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A prosecutor says numerous former and current members of the Arizona Air National Guard will likely pay back thousands of dollars and avoid trial over a scam to obtain expense pay.

Arizona Assistant Attorney General Michael Jette says he expects the majority of accused members of the Tucson-based unit to take the "diversion agreement," which would allow for the charges to be dropped.

Jette says the Guard encouraged the deal to avoid a prosecution process that could have taken up to four years.

Retired Col. Gregg Davies, a former commander, has already agreed to the same deal.

An indictment last year accused all 21 defendants of fraudulently collecting $1.4 million in additional living-expense pay from the federal government between November 2007 and September 2010.

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