- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A longtime military recruiter faces prison time and must repay $78,000 after admitting in federal court that he claimed recruitment bonuses that he didn’t deserve.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/1EZYEXi) reports that 47-year-old Travis DeVall pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, wire fraud and theft of government funds, crimes that are punishable by up to 20 years.

He was featured in a 2009 Army Times article touting the success of the now-defunct Army National Guard Recruiting Assistance program, which paid him up to $5,000 for each new recruit he found.

But some recruits told federal agents they never met DeVall and didn’t know who he was.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.

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