Former Airman Guilty of Housing Allowance Fraud

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Rodney Kidd could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000.

Guam – Former US Air Force Staff Sgt. Rodney Kidd is now facing up to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of Overseas Housing Allowance fraud.

 

A federal jury returned a guilty verdict yesterday after five days of trial on charges of theft of government property, fraudulent claim against the United States and false statement to a federal government agency.

Kidd stole approximately $35,000 in rent and utility reimbursements by falsifying his lease agreement for the house he was renting.

Kidd and another staff sergeant set up a secret arrangement with their landlord to make it look like their rent payments were at $4,400 a month when in reality it was much lower. Kidd and his roommate received $2,200 each from the US government to pay for their rent.

US Attorney Alicia Limtiaco said in a press release “Fraud against the United States Armed Forces harms military morale, discipline and unit effectiveness, and unlawfully diverts valuable resources away from the defense of our nation and away from the legitimate needs of our brave service members.”

In addition to a possible sentence of 20 years in prison, Kidd could also be fined up to $750,000.

You can read the release by clicking on the file below. 

 

 

PRESS_-_KIDD_verdict.pdf