2 Louisiana National Guardsmen charged with theft

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two Louisiana Army National Guardsmen have been indicted by a federal grand jury for fraudulently obtaining $30,000 in recruiting bonuses.

Federal prosecutors say the now-defunct program was designed to boost enlistments while the nation fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office say 45-year-old Pablo E. Paz, of New Orleans, and 29-year-old Ramon E. Madrid, of Kenner, both of whom were enlisted soldiers, are charged with identity theft and conspiracy to commit theft of government funds.

Authorities say Madrid is accused of receiving about $30,000 in Defense Department funds and shared a portion of it with Paz through a kick-back scheme.

It was not clear whether the men have attorneys.

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