Former Marine Found Guilty in Fraud Scheme

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    A former Miramar Marine has been found guilty of cheating the Marine Corps out of tens of thousands of dollars in fake travel expenses.

    On Tuesday, a jury found Luis Gilbert Menchaca guilty on one count of conspiracy and three counts of false claims, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Menchaca and another former reservist, Manuel Ramos Padilla, were charged in February.

    According to a federal indictment, Ramos worked in an administrative office at MCAS Miramar that processed travel claims. Menchaca would write claims for fake lodging expenses that Ramos would approve. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Menchaca submitted $38,000 dollars of false claims in a 10-month period.

    Menchaca is scheduled to be sentenced October 4.

    Ramos pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme. He will be sentenced August 9.