Texas Sues Two Former National Guard Commanders

Texas – Two former Texas National Guard command generals are being sued by the state in a dispute over more than $150,000 in alleged excess pay.

The lawsuit was filed in Austin by Attorney General Greg Abbott. The suit alleges the generals did not comply with written demands, from July and from June 2009, to return state money they received while they also collected paychecks from the federal government.

The lawsuit says Maj. Gen. John Furlow owes more than $129,444, while Maj. Gen. Allen Dehnert owes more than $21,000. Both allegedly also wrongly took state-paid emergency leave while on federal deployment.

Both men have denied the double-dipping allegations, which surfaced in 2009 in an investigation by KHOU-TV in Houston.

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