Army general accused of spending taxpayer money on spa trips for his wife
Army Lt. Gen. William E. Kip Ward, former head of the U.S. Africa Command, is being investigated for spending hundreds of thousands of government dollars on personal expenses.
In a 99-page report, Gen. Ward’s unnecessary spending is detailed. He spent government money on expensive hotels and his wife’s spa and shopping trips. Ward also accepted gifts from a government contractor.
According to the Associated Press, the official report states, “Gen. Ward engaged in multiple forms of misconduct related to official and unofficial travel. He conducted official travel for primarily personal reasons”.
In one case, Ward requested a military aircraft for personal use, was denied, and re-requested the aircraft for official use after adding one meeting to his schedule. In another, Ward spent $129,000 in an 11-day trip to Washington. During the 11 days, Ward had only three official obligations.
Ward has tried to legitimize his spending but, according to the AP, the paper trail he left behind contradicts his current statements.
Ward is a four-star general and was the first head of the U.S. Africa Command. He faces demotion and criminal charges. He may also be asked to repay the government.