Four-star Army general investigated for improper spending
Doug McKelway reports
- Duration 2:12
- Date Aug 15, 2012
Doug McKelway reports
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Defense officials now confirm they are investigating an army general for accusations he improperly spent.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer cash.
His name is William Ward he's a four star general -- not the highest ranked in the army.
He's also the former head of the US Africa command which is responsible for hot spots including Somalia and Libya.
So here's the story.
While he was in charge over there he's accused of spending money on everything from expensive hotel rooms to flying around relatives.
On government planes.
-- Kelly with the news -- -- -- they've apparently been investigating this general for like a year and a half for something.
Not only that -- but in 2011 they held a retirement ceremony of sorts for a -- nearby Fort Myer Virginia full of pomp and circumstance.
Minus the actual retirement because in -- the publication stars and stripes reported that that ceremony left the impression that Ward's career was over.
Army spokesman George Wright said at the time that army officials delayed -- retirement because of the ongoing investigation quote.
As a rule -- general officer may not retire -- -- these matters are finalized.
Only secretary of defense Leon Panetta now has the power to reduce his rank and it seems likely that that will not happen -- General -- has it really distinguished military career.
He really does and as you pointed out he was the first commander of the army's Africa command the very first one -- rule that thrust him into it geo political.
Real hot spot coast of Somalia Libya and and of course burgeoning havens for al-Qaeda.
It 2008 Fox's -- -- -- profile general ward in his new role there.
All part of the -- -- in fact susceptible and vulnerable unless care is taken to help assure the problem.
One of the sad things about this is the genital warts military services included overseas -- in Korea Egypt Somalia Bosnia.
Israel to -- -- in Germany and assignments across the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.
A lot of work a lot of effort.
Going to be diminished as a result of this investigation -- -- with Callaway live in Washington thank you and the WikiLeaks.