Recruiting Assistance Program (RAP) fraud within the National Guard has been in the news lately. Many servicemembers have recently been accused and indicted for RAP fraud. RAP fraud refers to an allegation that recruiters and recruiter assistants (RA) are committing wire fraud, identity theft and conspiracy to falsely get bonuses associated with obtaining recruits. The RAP program in the National Guard was launched in 2005 in order to get more recruits during the war in Iraq. The idea behind the program was to give incentives to recruiter assistants (RA) every time they recruited a soldier. In this program, each time a RA recruited a soldier, he could input his personal information into a computer and get a $1000 bonus. Then, when that same recruit attended basic training, the recruit would receive another $1000. It is alleged that several recruiters and RAs from the Puerto Rico National Guard conspired to obtain bonuses they were not entitled to. The allegations are that recruiters (who are not eligible for the bonus) would get personal information of new recruits while working in their job and pass that information onto the RAs who would input the information into the bonus system. It is alleged that once the RAs obtained the bonus they were not entitled to, they would give some of this money to the recruiter that assisted them in getting the information. I have experience in handling these RAP fraud cases. If you or your loved one is facing allegations such as these or other military offenses, call me. To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860-5769 for a free consultation.