Roderick Ngirmekur has signed a plea deal with the US Attorneys Office while his co-defendant prepares to go to trial this month.
Guam – While two high ranking officers of the Guam National Guard’s guard recruitment fraud trials wrapped up earlier this month, the federal government is continue to go after other guard members also accused of recruitment fraud.
Last month former Homeland Security Advisor Ambrosio Constantino was found guilty of Guard Recruiter Assistant Program or G-RAP fraud while his co-defendant was acquitted.
Next up are Staff Sgt. Anthony Ngirarois and Private Roderick Ngirmekur. Both initially pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft and theft of government property.
However, Ngirmekur has just signed a plea deal, which could affect Ngirarois’ defense strategy. In the plea agreement, Ngirmekur admits that between 2008 to 2011 he conspired with his superior to file false bonus claims for several potential soldiers.
Ngirmekur claims that this whole scheme was not his idea and that it was his boss’ idea. The two opened up a joint bank account where, according to court papers, $17,000 in fraudulent bonuses were deposited.
Ngirmekur could still face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, but under the plea deal, the prosecution agrees to recommend a reduced sentence.
Ngirarois’ trial is scheduled to begin on March 23.