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An indictment related to the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program has resulted in the resignation of a Guam homeland security advisor.

Ambrosio Constantino submitted his immediate letter of resignation from the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense on Thursday, citing personal reasons. However, according to National Guard Spokesperson Josephine Blas, Constantino along with Lieutenant Colonel Franklin Babauta were recently indicted in the District Court of Guam. "Major Ambrosia Constantino retired in 2012," Blas noted. "He had about 25 years of service with the Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Franklin Babauta is still currently in the Guard; he deployed back in 2013 but he hasn't returned to Guam since because he has been in Hawaii at Tripler Army Medical Center receiving treatment for injuries related to deployment so he is still in the Guard and currently still on Title 10 status."

G-RAP was a program that ran from 2005 to about 2012 and was intended to assist the Army in meeting its recruitment needs. It began with the Guard and eventually moved to the reserve and the active component of the Army.  "I'm not sure the exact circumstances in which they were indicted of course they say theft of government property and what it is, is the G-RAP is if you have a referral to join the National Guard you would put it in the system so naturally you would need their full name and Social Security Number," Blas added.

Although it was proper protocol for the program, Blas says if the name and Social Security Numbers were put into the system fraudulently, it would constitute theft of government property and identity theft. "That's the way they went about taking advantage of the program if you want to say is if you had a referral then you would put it into the system - it would go underneath the person that referred them and then once they refer them in the system it shoots to one of our recruiters here," she said.

For each recruit that joins the Guard, then the person that made the referral was given a $1,000 bonus and when the recruit attend basic training and technical school an additional $1,000 bonus was directly deposited into the account of the person who referred the recruit.

According to court documents the two knowingly stole and converted to their own money use approximately $2,000. Stating that a direct deposit was made into Constantino's bank account in 2010 for the amount of $2,000, which is a violation of United States Code. Court documents further state that Constantino and Babauta knowingly possessed and used the identification of another person to include the name and Social Security Number, which is a felony.

The two are being charged with theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. Constantino's resignation was accepted by Governor Eddie Calvo and with his resignation GHS spokesperson Jenna Gaminde says operations will continue with Brigadier General Roderick Leon Guerrero serving in an acting capacity. Blas adds that they are expecting additional indictments in the case.

Meanwhile, a total of five individuals have already been indicted locally. 

GHS PIO Jenna Gaminde issues a statement in regards to the recent resignation of Guam Homeland Security Advisor Ambrosio Constantino. Constantino was indicted recently on allegations of fraud relative to the National Guard's Recruiting Assistance Program.

Posted by KUAM News on Thursday, May 28, 2015

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