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Former Gunnery Sergeant scams Corps for more than $95,000

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Former Camp Pendleton Gunnery Sgt. Devin Pierra Alario, 40, pleaded guilty yesterday to one felony count of false claims resulting in a scam that bilked the government out of more than $95,000.

Sgt. Alario was specifically charged with taking advantage of a military housing reimbursement paid when reservists are called into active service. The housing allowance is paid in addition to BAH, the acronym for Basic Allowance for Housing.

The plea agreement states Alario “illegally claimed reimbursement for rent he never paid.”

The Defense Criminal Investigative Service produced documents indicating Alario submitted 27 falsely inflated rental receipts from June 2009 through Oct. 2011. Additionally, he had submitted fake leases, false addresses, along with fake landlords to substantiate his reimbursement claims.

In the end, the former Marine had scammed the Marine Corps for $95,013.

Formal sentencing will be in July. Alario faces a maximum of five years incarceration, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. It is unclear if the former Gunnery Sergeant’s retirement benefits will be affected with his sentencing.

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