So far, two people have been indicted for G-RAP fraud; one retired Army reservist and one current Guam guard member.
Guam – The Guam National Guard says more guard members will be indicted as part of a crackdown on recruitment fraud. So far at least two people, one guard member and one retired Army reservist, are facing charges in federal court.
Guam Army National Guard Public Affairs Officer Maj. Josephine Blas tells PNC that the Guam Guard was fully aware that some of their members were being investigated for fraud under the Guard Recruitment Assistant Program or G-RAP. The program pays guard members up to $2,000 for every recruit that enlists and completes basic training.
“We were notified by the CID which is the Army investigative division that they were conducting investigations. We didn’t have any details at the time but of course the investigations have been going on,” says Maj. Blas.
In fact, the two people who were indicted yesterday won’t be the only ones facing charges.
“We don’t have the numbers or we can’t divulge the numbers of the investigation because they’re still under investigation, but unfortunately there will be possible additional indictments coming down,” Blas explains. “Like everything else, innocent until proven guilty. We don’t wanna take any action until we know the results of the investigation or the indictment.”
Two people were indicted yesterday, 1st Sgt. John Carbullido, with the 105th Troop Command of the Guam Guard; and retired Army Reservist Charlene Apatang-Blas. Both were charged separately with theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. Carbullido and Blas are accused of falsely claiming bonuses of $2,000 each for recruiting nominees.
“We can’t control the actions of all our members and it’s unfortunate and we’re disappointed if they committed any wrongdoing, but we’re fully engaged and cooperating with the investigation. You know we have more than 1,700 members so this represents just a very small amount. But we have a lot of great members that are doing a lot of good in the national guard,” says Maj. Blas.
The G-RAP was developed in 2005 at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a way to boost declining numbers in the National Guard. The program ended in 2012.