'Phantom' Police On Payrolls Costing Iraq Government Millions

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jim Michaels USA Today

Iraq's government has spent millions of dollars on "phantom" police officers who left the force or died, but whose names remained on department payrolls while others illegally pocketed their salaries.

An investigation by the Iraqi Interior Ministry in six provinces found that 15-20% of the names on police payrolls there no longer corresponded to active-duty officers. More than 11,000 names have since been purged nationwide as part of a broad effort to cut graft.

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