Dave Rice 7:17 a.m., May 20
Former Marines charged for false travel, lodging claims
This one even tops phony corporate expense accounts
Two former Reserve Marine Sergeants, Luis Gilbert Menchaca and Manuel Ramos Padilla, have pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and fraud charges for alleged offenses occurring at Marine Corp Air Station Miramar. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, the indictment charges that Ramos and Menchaca conspired to submit false monthly claims for lodging reimbursements and fake rental bills to substantiate the claims. According to the government, the address of the place that Menchaca claimed to be renting didn't exist. Each of the reservists received "tens of thousands of dollars" over nine years as a result of the scheme. That would appear to top phony expense accounts submitted by employees of corporations.