Ex-Pa. Air Guard officer held in no-show pay scam

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A colonel retired from an Air National Guard unit at Pittsburgh International Airport has been arrested on charges he created a no-show military job for a civilian contractor he befriended who, in turn, helped the colonel receive additional pay for days he didn’t work.

The defense attorney for retired Col. Gerard Mangis did not immediately return a call for comment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh has charged Mangis with conspiracy, theft and fraud counts. Prosecutors have scheduled a news conference for later this afternoon, immediately after Mangis makes his initial appearance before a federal magistrate.

The court papers don’t spell out how much money the Air Force allegedly lost while Mangis worked at the 171st Air Refueling Wing. The civilian contractor worked for the National Guard Bureau at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

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