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Ca. Nat. Guard worker gets 2½ years for $15M fraud

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POSTED May 31, 2012 1:34 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former manager for the California National Guard has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for arranging $15.2 million in bonuses and other payments to fellow guards who weren’t eligible for them.

A U.S. attorney’s statement says 52-year-old Retired Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe received the sentence Wednesday in a federal court in Los Angeles.

In a July plea agreement, Jaffe, a bonus and incentive manager for the National Guard for 15 years, said she submitted false and fictitious claims from 2007 to 2009, giving bonuses and repaying loans to ineligible guard members.

Under the agreement Jaffe is also required to pay the $15.2 million in restitution.

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