Former Air Guard Member Convicted Of Wire Fraud
WICHITA, KAN. – A former Kansas Air National Guard senior airman who was assigned to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita has been convicted on a federal charge of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
After a trial in U.S. District Court in Wichita, a jury found Eledria J. Bradley, 28, Wichita, Kan., guilty of one count of wire fraud.
During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Bradley collected more than $50,000 in travel reimbursements by claiming she lived in Arizona while she was working at McConnell. Evidence showed that Bradley accessed her file via a virtual MPF, an online personnel system in which military members can access and change their personal information, and changed her residential address from Wichita to Chandler, Ariz. The change in address placed her outside the commuting distance for McConnell Air Force Base, As a result, she received lodging and per diem benefits to which she was not entitled from April 22, 2009, to April 23, 2011, totaling $54,992.
Sentencing will be set for a later date. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Grissom commended the Air Force - OSI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger for their work on the case.