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Maryland man pleads guilty in Pittsburgh to Air National Guard scam

A Maryland man pleaded guilty Monday in Pittsburgh federal court to conspiring with a local Air National Guard colonel to defraud the military.

Robert St. Clair, 51, of Bel Air, Md., used his position at the Air National Guard's headquarters to authorize Col. Gerard Mangis, 60, of Shaler for extra training and other duty days that boosted his pay and retirement, prosecutors say.

In return, Mangis created a “no show” job for St. Clair at the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Findlay that provided him with a security clearance and military pay and benefits, prosecutors say.

Neither man performed military duties to earn the pay and benefits they received through the conspiracy, prosecutors say.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab scheduled St. Clair's sentencing for Dec. 12.

Mangis is awaiting trial on 110 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, filing false claims and theft of government property.
 

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