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2 more Colo. guardsmen charged with theft

Feb. 4, 2014 - 09:01PM   |  
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BRIGHTON, COLO. — Two more Colorado Army National Guard members have been charged with fraudulently collecting thousands of dollars in referral bonuses for recruits.

Prosecutors alleged Tuesday that Master Sgt. Jerry Gerome Wilson wrongly received $43,000 and Staff Sgt. Luke Quinn Peelgrane received $25,000.

Last month, Sgt. Christopher Thomas Clark was accused of fraudulently receiving $28,000.

Peelgrane’s attorney, Gregory Graf, said his client did nothing wrong.

Wilson didn’t immediately return a call. No phone number could be found for Clark.

They’re charged with third-degree felony theft, which carries a sentence of four to eight years in prison upon conviction.

Authorities initially said Clark was a recruiter, but the Guard said Tuesday none of the men was a recruiter. They were participating in a program that awarded bonuses for referring potential Guard members to recruiters.

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