HONEST CAPT BLOWS WHISTLE ON WIDESPREAD
CORRUPTION IN CALIFORNIA GUARD - GOV. BROWN
APPOINTS NEW ADJUTANT GENERAL TO CLEAN UP
MESS - UP TO $100 MILLION DOLED OUT IN ILLEGAL
STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS, "BONUSES" FOR
RECRUITERS - "IT WAS A SLUSH FUND" SAYS RON
CLARK - FORMER FBI AGENT AND WHISTLEBLOWER
WHO EXPOSED WRONGDOING TO SACRAMENTO
BEE NEWSPAPER - CLARK PREVENTS "COVER-UP"
SACRIFICES GUARD CAREER TO TELL TRUTH
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He was just one man against a rotten, corrupt system, and he knew by going public and blowing the whistle on a crooked scheme that might have cost the taxpayers up to $100 million, he was sacrificing his National Guard career. But CPT Ronald Clark couldn't sit back and let the fraud go unpunished.
The former FBI agent is now out of the Guard, but he still has his job as a federal auditor, and he can sleep well at night knowing he did the right thing.
Clark was called in to check the books in 2010 when allegations that now-retired and soon going to jail M/SGT Toni Jaffe (she just got 2.5 years in prison for her role in doling out unauthorized monies), had rubber-stamped millions of dollars in fraudulent student loan repayments, "bonuses" for recruiters, and other questionable financial transactions.
CLARK PREVENTS "GOOD OLE BOY" COVER-UP
"They were looking to bury this," Clark said after he realized the corrupt California National Guard - its last two top officers left under a cloud - wanted to "do damage control" by getting a hand-picked CID (Criminal Investigation Division) agent to minimize the scandal.
This made CPT Clark a very unpopular guy in certain high circles where the "Good Old Boys" scratch each other on the back and rip off big bucks. He is no longer a Guard officer, but the whistle blower deserves our thanks and respect for what he has done.
Likewise, the Sacramento BEE newspaper which ran a series of articles on corruption in the California Guard, deserves a salute from the vast majority of decent men and women in uniform who don't cheat and steal. They loathe the fat-cat brass hats and their cronies, but fear retaliation if they try and speak out. That McClatchy paper published many of the warnings from Ron Clark.
WILL NEW GUARD BOSS
MAKE DIFFERENCE IN GOLDEN STATE?
Supposedly this concern is being addressed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The California Democrat knows by "looking the other way" as governor, it would be political suicide to let such a mammoth money scam go unpunished.
Brown has appointed David Baldwin as adjutant general of the state guard. A 30-year military veteran, the gruff general has promised to "kick ass and take names," and so far, he has kept his word. More than 100 Guard personnel have been fired for cause in the wake of the slush fund scam.
But Baldwin himself should have known about the ongoing corruption in the CANG "incentive program," which dates back to at least 1986. Some critics say putting an insider in charge of rooting out crooks is akin to placing a fox in charge of the chicken coop. Time will tell.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Thank you for your many prayers. It's good to be back on the job, albeit still in pain and part-time. To read more about corruption in the nation's National Guard, be sure to click on and check out the three installments of our famous and much-read Guard Dirty Tricks Handbook below. Many of the problems cited there still exist today in most of the country. Some places, like New Jersey, have had more rotten "leadership" problems than others (Gen. Glenn Rieth caught having sex on camera) but even rural states have their share of fraud.]