Guard Recruiter Admits Fraud in Collecting Bonuses

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- An Army National Guard recruiter has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for collecting a share of recruiting bonuses he was ineligible for.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Staff Sgt. Sergio Reyes of Fennsville pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to defraud the government. U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell signaled Reyes might facing prison time, telling him to get his affairs in order before his Feb. 10 sentencing.

Reyes told Bell that he referred recruits through other National Guard members eligible for bonuses and received a share of $21,000 in bonuses.

As part of a plea agreement, 21 wire fraud charges will be dismissed.

Court records show a second recruiter, Staff Sgt. Mark Hagan, is scheduled to enter a plea this week. He and Reyes worked in the Holland recruiting office.

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