Officials: Commander of 122nd Fighter Wing accused of wasting tax dollars


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Someone from within the 122nd Fighter Wing filed a formal complaint accusing Colonel David Augustine of carelessly spending tax dollars since he was appointed top the top job in January 2011.

NewsChannel 15 just obtained a copy of the allegations from the Indiana National Guard Thursday.

The person with the alias “Whistle Blower” is estimating the total amount of misused money to be more than $230,000.

Leaders with the Indiana National Guard launched the investigation Tuesday. Colonel Augustine is accused of many things, including accusations officials told NewsChannel 15 will take quite some time to look into.

The 122nd has fought a budget battle for several years.

Late last month, someone with the alias “Whistle Blower” filed a formal complaint against Colonel Augustine. It accuses Augustine of the following:

  • Spending more than $50,000 for a neon sign
  • Spending more than $100,000 for speech classes for airmen (something which is not mandated by the military)
  • Donating $3,500 of taxpayers’ money to Leadership Fort Wayne
  • Spending an unknown amount to hold military seminars at downtown Fort Wayne hotels
  • Using government funds to fly an artist from England to Fort Wayne to paint pictures of the base (pictures which he’s accused of selling and profiting from)
  • Spending $50,000 on holiday parties in 2011 and 2012
  • $30,000+ to renovate his personal office
  • Using A-10s as his personal taxi

The accuser also claims Augustine has been ordered no to fly for medical reasons even thought as commander of the 122nd he must be able to fly.

NewsChannel 15 reached out to Colonel Augustine Thursday, but had no comment since the investigation is pending.

It’s unclear how long the investigation might take or what could potentially happen to Augustine.

The Public Affairs Officer for the Indiana National Guard says it’s hard to tell.

“The completion date of any investigation is difficult to predict., said Lt. Col. Cathy Van Bree, public affairs officer for Joint Force Headquarters – Indiana.

“The goal is always to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation with an emphasis on evidence. Given the number and variety of allegations in this instance, it will take some time to complete the investigation, conduct required legal reviews, and allow the chain of command the necessary time to determine appropriate responses.”

 

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