Former Guard recruiter pleads guilty in scam

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Missouri Army National Guard recruiter could face up to six months in prison for secretly re-enlisting recently-discharged soldiers to meet his recruitment goals.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/AEDqxb) reports that 36-year-old Dejoise (Dez-wah) Gillispie pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court. Sentencing is April 6.

Gillispie also admitted participating in a related scam in which he supplied personal information on recruits to a part-time recruiter assistant, Cheryl Ray. Ray submitted the information to a Guard program that rewards assistants with payments for each name.

Ray received 22 payments of $1,000 each. Some of the money was kicked back to Gillispie. Ray pleaded guilty in 2008 and received five years of probation.

She and Gillispie have to repay the money.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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