Soldiers charged with recruitment fraud

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — A Mississippi National Guard recruiter and another soldier have been indicted on federal charges alleging they swindled money through a program that offers incentives for recruiting.

Tuesday’s indictment says Jimmy Jones was a recruiter and Tivesy Sandifer was a recruiting assistant for a time. Prosecutors said the scheme began in June 2008 and lasted until March 2010.

Jones allegedly made it appear that Sandifer had assisted new recruits through a program that offers $1,000 incentives to bring in new soldiers, when he had not really helped recruit them.

The suspects’ attorneys were not listed in court records.

A Guard spokesman says “soldiers and airmen are held to the highest standards of conduct and accountability” but it wouldn’t be improper “to comment on this case until adjudicated by the federal courts.”