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National Guard recruiter accused of lying to reap bonuses


Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2014 at 02:56 PM

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A National Guard recruiter has been charged with falsifying the number of possible enlistees he brought in to scam the government out of $78,000 in bonuses, according to an indictment.

Travis Devall, 46, of Tampa, is charged with conspiracy to commit and the commission of wire fraud, theft of government property and funds, and aggravated identity theft.

According to prosecutors, Devall worked under the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (GRAP), which hands out payments for bringing in possible recruits. The program has had numerous problems with fraud and phantom recruiting since it began in 2005.

According to the unsealed indictment, released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Devall provided the fraudulent information from 2006 to at least July 2010.

According to a 2009 story in the Army Times, Devall spent 17 of his 20 years in the Army and National Guard as a successful recruiter. He retired in 2006 as a master sergeant before becoming one of the top GRAP producers, the story said.

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