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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Louisiana Army National Guard Recruiter Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Government Funds

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PABLO E. PAZ, 45, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft of government funds.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey sentenced PAZ to three years probation and $20,000 restitution.

According to court documents, PAZ was a recruiter for the Louisiana Army National Guard.  In this capacity, Paz obtained personally identifiable information (PII), such as names, dates of birth and social security numbers, from potential soldiers that came to the recruiting station for the purpose of becoming a soldier.   PAZ provided the PII of potential soldiers to his co-defendant, Ramon Madrid, without the knowledge or consent of the soldiers, to obtain Guard Recruiter Assistance Program (G-RAP) incentive payments to which they were not entitled.  Madrid received approximately $20,000 in fraudulently obtained recruitment incentive payments, a portion of which he provided to PAZ.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division Command and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service in investigating this matter.  Public Integrity Unit Chief Tracey N. Knight handled this prosecution.

Updated June 5, 2015