Civilian Marksmanship Program:

U.S. Army Investigation of Alleged Criminal Activity in Program

OSI-98-14R: Published: Aug 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1998.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the thoroughness of the investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) into allegations of criminal activity within the Civilian Marksmanship Program, focusing on the misappropriation of small arms ammunition and rifle scopes by a program official.

GAO noted that: (1) the Army's investigation into the alleged activity was not as complete as it could have been; (2) GAO discussed the scope of its work with CID personnel, who concurred that the CID could have interviewed additional persons, interviewed others in more detail, and conducted a review or audit of records; and (3) however, they told GAO that because of a number of reasons, they closed their case after they had briefed a prosecutor in the local office of the Army Staff Judge Advocate: (a) the Staff Judge Advocate advised them that no evidence of a crime had been uncovered; (b) the CID had higher-priority investigative work; (c) the dollar amount involved in the questioned transactions was relatively low; and (d) the denials of wrongdoing by those involved in the transactions investigated were plausible.

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