Guard Members Plead Guilty To Stealing Recruitment Bonuses

Two former California National Guard members have pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses by falsely claiming to have referred eligible recruits to enlistment offices.  40-year-old Brian Kaps of Chico was a Recruiting Assistant who took $16,000 in fraudulent bonuses.  27-year-old Sarah Nattress of Paradise, also a Recruiting Assistant, took $28,000 in fraudulent bonuses.  The US Attorney's office in Sacramento says both have pleaded guilty to wire fraud and face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.  The Army contracted with a private company to administer the recruiting and bonus program.  The California National Guard says in a statement that it had no control over the program.