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A retired federal employee requested waiver of a claim against him for the recoupment of salary overpayments he received as a result of excessive annual leave which was credited to him and which he used. The employee received excess annual leave during his civilian federal employment because of a forged military retirement document that indicated that he had a service-connected disability. The employee claimed that: (1) he did not submit the forged document; and (2) while he was aware that his military retirement records were incorrect, he did not know that the error would affect his civilian leave entitlements. GAO held that: (1) the employee was never charged with committing the forgery; and (2) since the employee knew about the forgery during his civilian employment, he should have informed the agency that employed him at the time. Accordingly, the request for waiver was denied.


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