National Guard Recruiter Charged With Fraud

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area National Guard recruiter is facing federal charges after authorities say he falsified numbers to earn about $78,000 in bonuses.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa reported Thursday that 46-year-old Travis Devall has been charged with 10 counts that include conspiracy to commit and the commission of wire fraud, theft of government property, and funds and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Devall worked under the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program, which pays bonuses bringing in recruits. An indictment says that Devall provided the fraudulent information from September 2006 to at least July 2010.

Besides prison time, prosecutors also want Devall to pay back the bonus money.

Devall’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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