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Jun 7, 2013 8:41 PM by Juice Godfrey

National Guard recruiter indicted on theft charges

DENVER (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted an Army National Guard recruiter assistant accused of pocketing referral bonuses for nominees he didn't personally recruit.

Prosecutors said Friday that Thurman L. Foster, of Fountain, was indicted on 16 counts of theft of public money.

Recruiter assistants with the now-defunct Guard Recruiting Assistance Program can earn up to $2,000 in bonuses for each person they recruit to the U.S. Army National Guard. The indictment alleges Foster improperly collected $22,000 in referral bonuses for more than a dozen people he said he got to enlist.

Colorado National Guard spokesman Darin Overstreet tells The Gazette that Foster is a firefighter for the 1157th Engineer Company.

A phone number listed for Foster rang unanswered Friday. Online court records didn't indicate whether he has a lawyer.

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