Babauta Signs Plea Deal in G-RAP Fraud Case

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The G-RAP program was created in 2005 at the height of the war on terror to boost enlistment numbers in the guard. Under the program, recruiter assistants were paid up to $2,000 for every soldier they helped enlist.

Guam –  One of the guard members indicted for fraud in the guard recruitment assistance program, or G-RAP, has signed a plea agreement.

According to court papers, former Guam National Guard Lt. Colonel Franklin Babauta was initially indicted on charges of theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. But under the agreement, Babauta has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of conversion of government property of a value of not more than $1,000.

Babuata was accused of falsely claiming bonuses under g-rap. His co-defendant, former Homeland Security Advisor Ambrosio Constantino, is accused of the same crime however Constantino has not signed any plea deals with the U.S. Government.

With his guilty plea, Babauta is looking at a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a $100,000 fine, a one-year period of supervised release and any other penalties the court may order.

Babuata initially pleaded not guilty and filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him stating that the alleged offense did not rise to the level of a crime because he was entitled to earn the g-rap bonus when his son enlisted. His motion was denied.