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 ( 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.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,


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