Paradise woman charged in National Guard bonus scandal

Jan 12, 2015 6:35 PM by News Staff

A Paradise woman is facing wire fraud charges stemming from a scheme involving National Guard recruiting bonuses.

The U.S Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Steel A. Davis, 42, of Paradise pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court Monday.

According to the indictment, Davis, who was a recruiter with the California National Guard, is alleged to have given recruits' information to recruiting assistants, who would then file false claims that they had referred the recruits to join the Guard when, in fact, the recruits had joined on their own initiative.

In May 2014, eight other National Guard soldiers were indicted on similar charges, including Brian Kaps, 40, of Chico and Sarah Nattress, 27, of Paradise. Both Kaps and Nattress have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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