Anthony Ngirarois was charged with theft of government property, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Guam – A Guam National Guard member who was indicted on guard recruitment fraud wants the charges against him dismissed.
Attorney David Lujan, who represents Anthony Ngirarois, says in court papers that not only has the statute of limitations passed to file the charges, the federal government knew about the rampant abuse nationwide but did nothing until it was too late.
Ngirarois was indicted on charges of Guard Recruitment Assistance Program or GRAP fraud for allegedly filing false claims dating back to 2007 up to 2009. Attorney Lujan says the statute of limitations is five years and since the indictment was only filed in September of this year, Lujan says the statute clearly expired.
He also says that the federal government ignored red flags in GRAP fraud in the National Guard nationwide, and only acted under the heat of media pressure. Instead of holding the top brass responsible, Lujan points out the federal government decided to blame rank-and-file soldiers.
GRAP was a program created at the height of the war on terror to boost enlistment numbers. It paid recruiter assistants up to $2000 for every soldier they helped enlist.
You can read the motion by clicking on the file below.