HATTIESBURG, MISS. — Twelve current or former Mississippi Army National Guard members have been indicted in a case alleging they swindled money through a program that offers incentives for recruiting.
Three separate indictments filed Tuesday in federal court in Hattiesburg allege those involved provided the personal identification information of recruited soldiers to the other co-defendants. The others then filed false Guard Recruiter Assistance Program claims. Enlisted soldiers who aren’t recruiters can get up to $2,000 per new soldier they help bring into the National Guard.
The indictments say the defendants falsely represented they assisted in the recruitment of certain potential soldiers when they hadn’t in order to claim the money.
The indictments say that the activity stretched from January 2006 through February 2011 and that a total of $22,500 was improperly paid.