A San Diego man was found guilty on Feb. 1 of three counts of wire fraud following a seven-day trial at Fresno’s federal court, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.
Joaquin Cuenca, 38, was found guilty of a scheme to fraudulently obtain bonuses in a California National Guard recruitment program.
According to trial documents, Cuenca defrauded the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program out of thousands of dollars.
The program offered a financial incentive to members of the National Guard and recruiting assistants who nominated new soldiers. If a recruiting assistant referred a potential National Guard member to a recruiting office, the assistant was eligible to receive $1,000 if that person enlisted and $1,000 more when that person left for basic training.
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The program was discontinued after widespread fraud was discovered.
Cuenca is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd on May 16. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine for each of his three counts of wire fraud.