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Aurora federal employee accused of defrauding Army out of $125K

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DENVER — An Aurora man accused of defrauding the United States Army Reserve has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on fraud and bribery charges.

Jaycee L. Collier, 29, appeared in a U. S. District in Denver Friday regarding five counts of wire fraud and 13 counts of bribery of a public official in connection with a military recruitment program, according to Jeffrey Dorschner, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney John F. Walsh.

Collier was then released on a $10,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for arraignment.

According to the indictment, the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Bragg, N.C. had a contract with Document & Packing Brokers, Inc. to conduct a program called the Army Reserve Recruiting Assistance Program. AR-RAP offered monetary incentives in the form of recruiting referral bonuses to soldiers who encouraged others to join the Army Reserves. The recruiting assistants were required to complete an online training course, after which they would create an online account to record nominations for enlistments — a solider could receive up to $2,000 for each successful nomination.

Collier was a civilian employee with the Department of Defense at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Denver, said Dorschner. He held the position of lead human resources division assistant, and was responsible for handling enlistment packets for new recruits. Therefore, Collier was not eligible to participate in the AR-RAP program.

From March 10, 2009 to July 25, 2012, Collier conspired to defraud the Army Reserves by obtaining AR-RAP user names and passwords and then entering nominations into those accounts so he could share in the bonus cash, said Dorschner.

The scheme resulted in about $125,000 of fraudulent referral bonuses, Dorschner added.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service investigated the case.

If convicted of wire fraud, Collier could face a maximum of 20 years in a federal prison and up to $250,000 fine per count, said Dorschner. He added that if Collier is convicted of bribery of a public official, the Aurora man could face a maximum of 15 years in prison and up to $250,000 fine per count, or three times the monetary thing of value, whichever has greater value.