National Guard bonus scandal leads to guilty pleas for Chico man, Paradise woman

Nov 21, 2014 5:33 PM by News Staff

Two former members of the California National Guard have pleaded guilty to wire fraud stemming from a scheme involving recruiting bonuses.

The U.S Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Brian Kaps, 40, of Chico pleaded guilty Friday. Twenty-seven-year-old Sarah Nattress of Paradise pleaded guilty Oct. 23.

They were among eight current or former Guard members indicted in May on federal charges alleging that they fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses. The other six are awaiting trial.

Kaps was charged with collecting $16,000 and Nattress $28,000 in bonuses by falsely claiming to have referred eligible recruits to enlistment offices.

Although wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, their attorneys say they are hopeful their clients will serve no jail time.

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