U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of West Virginia
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October 8, 2014

Former Recruiter Sentenced for Stealing from National Guard

CHARLESTON, WV—Richard Lilly, 47, of Cross Lanes, West Virginia was sentenced in federal court in Charleston today to five years of probation and ordered to pay $13,500 in restitution for stealing from the West Virginia National Guard, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin. Lilly had previously plead guilty on May 20, 2014, to theft of government funds.

Lilly, who had served as a recruiter for the Guard since 2006, stole recruiting bonuses intended to reward Guard members for referring others who enlisted. Between June of 2008 and May of 2010, Lilly stole $13,500 dollars in bonus payments intended for others. Lilly is no longer a member of the Guard.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assisted by investigators with the West Virginia National Guard. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution.

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