- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Kanawha County man has been ordered to pay $13,500 in restitution for stealing recruiting bonuses from the West Virginia National Guard.

Forty-seven-year-old Richard Lilly of Cross Lanes also was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Charleston to five years’ probation.

Lilly pleaded guilty in May to theft of government funds.

Federal prosecutors say Lilly was a recruiter for the National Guard starting in 2006 and stole recruiting bonuses intended to reward Guard members for referring others who enlisted. The thefts occurred between June 2008 and May 2010. Lilly is no longer with the Guard.

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