8 charged in California Guard recruitment fraud

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Updated: 5/22 10:04 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Eight current or former members of the California National Guard have been indicted on federal charges alleging they fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Thursday that the eight are charged with wire fraud and face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Indictments say the Army contracted with a private company to administer the recruiting and bonus program.

The eight are charged with illegally collecting between $16,000 and $95,000 each in bonuses by falsely claiming to have referred eligible recruits to enlistment offices.

The California National Guard says in a statement that it had no control over the program. An attorney for one of the eight characterized the indictment of his client as disappointing.

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