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ARMY MASTER SERGEANT PLEADS GUILTY
IN CREDIT CARD FRAUD CASE - WORKED
IN OFFICE OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

 

It seemed like an easy scam. All the supply sergeant had to do was submit fake bills for services and goods that were never provided and vendors would "kick back" money to him. In cash.

But the plan fell apart and now Master Sergeant Bobby Gilchrist faces up to 35 years in prison.

The support services NCO, who worked in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Va., to money laundering and accepting $200,000 in bribes for his role in a $400,000 procurement fraud scheme.

He could get 15 years for bribery and 20 more for money laundering when the sergeant is sentenced May 18.

The Washington POST reported the 37 year-old senior NCO is "the sixth person and third Army non-commissioned officer to be snared in a probe of falsified charges on government credit cards."

The scheme, which began in August 1998, continued until June 2000, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Court documents show Gilchrist "asked for and received bribes from two office product companies."

Two other Army NCO's have already been convicted.

"Jerome Phillips, 46, of Delaware, was sentenced in January to one year and a day in prison, and Johnny Bailey, 37, of Woodbridge, Va., pleaded guilty in October and is scheduled to be sentenced in March," the POST reported.


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