(BBC News) More than 1,200 people are under investigation for a U.S. military recruitment fraud during the Iraq war, officials say.
Two generals and dozens of colonels are implicated in the alleged scheme, in which referral fees were illegally collected for recruiting soldiers.
The fraud is said to have already cost the US government at least $29m (£17.7m) and may top $100m in total.
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Details were revealed by two Army generals at a US Senate hearing.
The National Guard programme - established in 2005 and later expanded to the Army and Army Reserve - paid soldiers, civilians and retirees $2,000 to $7,500 to recruit friends and family, according to congressional documents.