Eight members of the California National Guard, including one from Elk Grove, were indicted for recruitment fraud, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Each of the current or former members worked as recruiting assistants with the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program, or G-RAP, which was run by Army contractor DOCUPAK. Recruiting assistance can be compensated if they send a potential recruit to a recruiting office ends up enlisting.
The eight guard members are accused of falsely filing referrals to make extra money.
“Ripping off a program intended to enhance our armed services is not just illegal, it is reprehensible,” U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner wrote in a news release. “We will continue to pursue those who attempt to undermine the military for their own personal profit.”
Richard Sihner, of Elk Grove, reportedly made $95,000 off the fake referrals.
Current and former members from San Diego, Mountain View, Fresno, Paradise and Chico were also indicted.