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  • Fraud

    A First Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base, was accused of military fraud, by defrauding the federal government of nearly $30,000 worth of pay and allowances. The defendant faced nearly 70 federal convictions, likely jail time of several years, and a punitive discharge from the Marine Corps. At the Article 32 hearing, the First Sergeant and command struck a pre-trial agreement, in which he would plead guilty to only three charges. In return, the First Sergeant entered pleas of not guilty to all other charges and specification. At sentencing, the First Sergeant was awarded 89 days of confinement, reduction to Gunnery Sergeant, and four months of forfeitures; however, he was able to honorably retire from the Marine Corps shortly after trial.
    (Healy, 2011)