Two Guam Guard Members Indicted in Recruitment Fraud

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 The two guard members were recruiting soldiers under the G-RAP program.

Guam – At least two Guam Army National Guard members have been indicted in District Court on charges of recruitment fraud under the G-RAP program.

 

 

 

 

John C. Carbullido and Charlene T. Apatang-Blas were indicted separately on charges of theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. The two are accused of fraudulently claiming bonuses for recruiting bogus nominees into the national guard.

According to the indictment, Carbullido and Blas enrolled in a program called the Guard Recruiting Assistant Program or G-RAP. The program was developed in 2005 to boost plummeting numbers in the guard. The program would use Recruiter Assistants, who are separate from active recruiters, to help the guard enlist more soldiers.

The RA would recommend a potential soldier or a nominee and submit the person’s personal information such as their social security number to the program. If the nominee enlists, the RA would receive a $1,000 bonus. They would receive an additional $1,000 if the nominee attended basic training.

The indictment states that Carbullido was an RA in the G-RAP program between December 2006 to April 2010 and that he falsely submitted and claimed a nominee and bonus of $2,000.

Blas, who was an RA between February 2009 and May 2010, was also charged for “causing the direct deposit of G-RAP referral bonus payments to which she was not entitled, into her personal bank account.”

The FBI has been cracking down on recruitment fraud in the National Guard for some time and according to several reports, national guard recruiting fraud could be as high as $50 million.

Within the last year hundreds of RA’s across the US have been investigated and indicted in federal courts.

Calls to the Guam Army National Guard were not returned as of news time.

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

grap_indictment_2nd.pdf

1 COMMENT

  1. John C. Carbullido and Charlene T. Apatang-Blas have brought shame to themselves and their loved ones. Kick these two out of the Guard if they’re still there and give them a fair amount of jail time. It’s time to stop with the slap on the wrists when it comes to any of the reserves.

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