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Polk County Man Pleads Guilty In “G-RAP” Military Recruitment Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Frank Gonzalez-Santiago (52, Polk County) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal government funds. He faces up to five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, in 2005, the Department of Defense contracted with a private company to operate the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (“G-RAP”) to help in the recruitment and enlistment of members of the armed services. Under this program, G-RAP Recruitment Assistants (“RAs”) were paid to identify and solicit individuals to join the armed services, and were paid only after one of their recruits joined the armed services. Program rules prohibited professional military recruiters from being paid for any part of a recruitment that a G-RAP RA had initiated. During the course of the conspiracy, Gonzalez-Santiago was a professional Army National Guard recruiter. He conspired with G-RAP RAs who falsely claimed to have recruited enlistees when, in reality, Gonzalez-Santiago had recruited them into the military. The conspirators did so in order to share their G-RAP payments with recruiters such as Gonzalez-Santiago.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Army-Criminal Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay L. Hoffer.

Updated October 21, 2015