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Military recruiter admits he scammed government

Published Mar. 31, 2015

TAMPA — A longtime military recruiter faces prison time and must repay $78,000 after admitting in federal court Tuesday that he claimed recruitment bonuses that he didn't deserve.

Travis DeVall, 47, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud and theft of government funds, crimes 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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