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2 plead guilty in military recruiting scheme

Nov. 9, 2012 - 07:34AM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 9, 2012 - 07:34AM  |  
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WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors say two former U.S. military members from Texas have been sentenced for their roles in an alleged scheme among several soldiers that rolled up $244,000 in fraudulent recruiting bonuses.

The Justice Department said Grant E. Bibb of Eagle Pass was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison, while Paul Escobar of San Antonio received a six-month term and six months of community confinement. Both were sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors said the 41-year-old Bibb and the 32-year-old Escobar admitted to participating in a plan to collect referral bonuses on enlistees who joined on their own.

The recruiting incentive program started in 2006 and offers upward of $2,000 for referrals who enlist. At least three other men have pleaded guilty in the case.

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