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TN military recruiters accused in scheme to pocket money

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Recruiters for the Tennessee Air National Guard are accused of lying to the government in a scheme to pocket thousands of dollars.

The crimes involve recruiting - finding the best people to serve in the armed forces - but prosecutors say many of those recruits were fakes and the recruiters went to great lengths to cover their tracks.

Max Andolsec admitted to the alleged scheme, and two others stand accused of the very same thing.

For each recruit successfully signed up, recruiters for the Air National Guard receive a $1,000 Visa check card, and every time those recruits finished boot camp, the recruiter gets yet another $1,000.

Investigators say Andolsec and the two others lied over and over about several people, including a Tennessee State University student. They created fake documents about fake recruits who never ended up joining and then allegedly turned around and pocketed the cash.

Andolsec pleaded guilty in federal court Monday.

At his house in Tullahoma on Tuesday, someone answered the door and said "no comment" before going right back inside.

Leaders with the Tennessee Air National Guard say they are aware of the problems and are working closely with investigators.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney David Rivera said:

"Those who attempt to profit financially by fraudulently manipulating our nation's recruitment programs undermine their effectiveness, particularly when we are experiencing lean financial times for our nation's defense. All attempts to defraud our nation's military will be vigorously pursued by this office and our law enforcement partners."

Andolsec now faces a possible five years in prison and a fine that could be up to $250,000. The other two recruiters accused in the case are charged with conspiracy and fraud and are still awaiting their days in federal court.

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