BAH and Travel Fraud
BAH and Travel Fraud investigations frequently lead to court-martial charges due to the amount of money involved. While many of these cases involve conduct committed with the specific intention to wrongfully receive government funds, we also see many of these cases where the regulations are extremely difficult to interpret, or our client fully believed he/she was authorized to receive the funds in question. In such cases, if there was in fact no intent to defraud, there is no criminal act as to the wrongful taking/receipt of the funds. There still may be other conduct that the government may attempt to charge, such as dereliction of duty (failing to take action to ensure claims were submitted properly).
We have encountered numerous situations where we have been able to negotiate alternate resolutions to avoid court-martials, or very favorable sentencing limitations at court-martials, in cases where our clients have been able to secure funding to repay all or a significant portion of the government debt (once we have confirmed the accuracy of the amount of the debt).