Military recruiter defrauded system

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 4:03 PM
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 Thomas Nolan Kaszas II, 34, of Evans was sentenced to federal prison by United States District Judge J. Randal Hall for a scheme to defraud a government contractor of thousands of dollars intended as bonuses to Georgia Army National Guard members who referred others to enlist. 

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, KASZAS must serve a term of 20 months, without the possibility of parole.

According to the evidence presented during the guilty plea and sentencing hearings, between March 2007 and December 2007, Kaszas submitted the names of numerous Georgia Army National Guard recruits to Docupak, Inc., under the name of another Guard member.  Docupak was the government contractor that oversaw a program that paid Guard members up to $2,000 for each recruit they referred who enlisted and went to basic training. 

As a recruiting sergeant in the Guard, KASZAS was not eligible to take part in the program, the news release stated. 

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PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 12/01/10 - 10:42 pm
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Crime doesn't pay.

Crime doesn't pay.

bclicious
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bclicious 12/01/10 - 11:55 pm
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Your right, it doesn't pay,

Your right, it doesn't pay, but this is not a good example of that statement. PUPPYMOMMA, you don't even know what he did.

WallyK
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WallyK 12/02/10 - 12:30 am
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bclicious, he defrauded

bclicious, he defrauded Docupak, Inc. In otherwords, he stole money from them. Re-read paragraph 3.

the_source
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the_source 12/02/10 - 12:35 am
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Is this the Realtor with

Is this the Realtor with Re/Max or is there another person by the same name?

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justus4 12/02/10 - 04:01 am
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Look at the sentence...it's
Unpublished

Look at the sentence...it's shameful! Twenty months for defrauding possibly thousands from the government. More time should be associated with such dishonesty and obviously illegal activities, but it appears no one cares.

bclicious
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bclicious 12/02/10 - 04:47 am
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No, what he did was, he

No, what he did was, he commited fraud at best. I guess you could call it recruiting fraud. The reality of the situation was that under the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (GRAP) any soldier from the national guard was eligible to refer or recommend civilians for enlistment or commissioning into the national guard. If a soldier recommended them, and that civilian enlisted, then the soldier would receive $1,000.00 when the citizen completed basic training. The soldier was eligible for a second $1,000.00 payment when the citizen completed Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

The recruiter realized that since he was a recruiter, he was inelible for the program; therefore, he referred his recruits to another soldier and they split the money. This means that they both defrauded the recruiting system. WallyK, never challenge a subject-matter expert on the U.S. military!

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formerrecruiter 12/02/10 - 08:44 am
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Yes, 'the source', it's the

Yes, 'the source', it's the same person. He was also a soccer coach for CCRD for a while. Great example for our kids, don't you think?

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humbleopinion 12/02/10 - 08:59 am
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What about the other Guard

What about the other Guard member who was involved in the fraud?

the_source
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the_source 12/02/10 - 10:20 am
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@bclicious: You may be an

@bclicious: You may be an expert on the US military but your reading comprehension skills and understanding of criminal law leave much to be desired. PUPPYMOMMA and WallyK are correct in that Kaszas did commit a crime and he did defraud Docupak. Or do you think that the judge was mistaken to sentence him to prison time?

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 12/02/10 - 02:22 pm
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Thank you, the source! You

Thank you, the source! You don't do the time if you didn't do the CRIME! As far as bwhatever goes,there is always a know-it-all! Just ask him. I read the article and I don't ride the short bus.

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Deployed 12/02/10 - 03:22 pm
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bclicious, one should never

bclicious, one should never call themselves an expert on anything. Small point, you were wrong in your 3:47 post. Dare I challenge the expert? Sure I do. The recruiting assistant is paid $1,000 when the person enlists and the other $1,000 when the person completes basic training. I'm no expert, but I did benefit from the program once before it was halted at my unit (go over 95% manned and the program stops at your unit). Also, here's a link to a website from the NC Guard that helps explain the program: http://www.ncguard.net/GRAP.html Admittedly, it's boring reading to most, but I feel an expert should be up-to-speed on what they profess to be an expert about. Also, the link backs up my point.

Now, as for the recruiter... he did commit a crime. He knows he was not eligible for the program and he defrauded a government contractor for payment. There is most certainly someone else involved, chances are they are the one that blew the whistle on this guy. If not, there may be more to come with this one. Glad to see the loser get caught. A few extra bucks isn't worth what he's now lost (freedom, retirement, benefits, etc).

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WallyK 12/02/10 - 07:16 pm
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And what happened to the

And what happened to the other guardsman, indeed!?

totleyes
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totleyes 12/03/10 - 01:22 pm
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Ok, so there was another

Ok, so there was another soldier who was involved. However in the Military there is something called rank structure and Kaszas being a SFC/E7 and the other person being a Private it is his fault. You are talking about a person who was a kid being influenced by a Senior Sergeant First Class to do something that is wrong.

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sawitcoming 12/09/10 - 10:57 am
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Pitty everyone who has been

Pitty everyone who has been fooled and trampled by this man....the list goes on and on....

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