Davenport Man Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds
DAVENPORT, Iowa-- On March 22, 2018, Timothy George Brandon Svejda, age 33, of Davenport, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to three years of probation, after pleading guilty to theft of government funds from the United States Army National Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP), announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Svejda was ordered to pay $9,000 in restitution.
In 2005, the United States Army National Guard created the G-RAP to assist in meeting recruitment goals. This program allowed National Guard soldiers to become independent contractors, referred to as Recruiting Assistants, and in return for compensation, recruit potential soldiers for enlistment. Depending on the enlistee’s grade and military occupational specialty, Recruiting Assistants could receive from $2,000 to $7,500 per new enlistee. This program was funded by the United States Government.
In 2006, Svejda was honorably discharged from the United States Army. From 2006 to 2011, Svejda was authorized to act as a Recruiting Assistant. Between December 2010 and July 2011, Svejda used the G-RAP to knowingly and intentionally apply for and claim fraudulent benefits for the recruitment of five potential soldiers and received $9,000 of funds belonging to the United States Government. At the time he applied for and received these benefits, Svejda knew he was not entitled to these funds.
This investigation was conducted by the United States Army, Criminal Investigation Command, Rock Island Fraud Resident Agency. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.