GIs accused of stealing cash
Investigators from the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division were questioning six American soldiers in Iraq about an undisclosed amount of missing cash, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
The six soldiers, all from the 3rd Infantry Division, included four already under investigation for $900,000 stolen and recovered Friday from millions in cash discovered in a wealthy Baghdad neighborhood, the paper said.
Of that amount, $600,000 was found hidden in a tree and $300,000 inside a cooler on one of the trucks used to transport the $656 million to Baghdad’s airport Friday night.
On Tuesday, The New York Post reported that four soldiers had been arrested in connection with the attempted theft.
The Times reported Wednesday that the suspects, who were either assigned to guard the cash or load it onto trucks, have not been charged pending further investigation.
Despite orders by commanders to stop all money hunts, Tuesday’s discovery sent more soldiers strolling down the avenues of the neighborhood, the article stated. The number of soldiers walking through the area increased after the general and the military police left.