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February 2019
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Advocates for NJP in BAH Fraud Case, No Charges Preferred

BAH Fraud, False Official Statement
Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan
Navy Seaman Apprentice – E-2
Resolved at NJP, with no court martial charges preferred.

A Navy Seaman Apprentice became the focus of an NCIS investigation concerning discrepancies in pay and allowances, specifically related to Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) entitlements. The investigation initially threatened to lead to a court martial. Recognizing the severity of the situation, the Sailor retained BAH Fraud lawyer Tim Bilecki for his defense.

Bilecki engaged with the prosecution team, advocating for the resolution of charges through Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP) rather than escalation to a court martial. At the NJP, the Sailor faced charges under Article 107 for a false official statement and Article 124 for fraud against the United States, centered around the reported location of the Sailor’s spouse and corresponding BAH entitlements.

Through diligent defense efforts, including the submission of matters in defense, extenuation, and mitigation, Bilecki was able to articulate the complexities of the case. The NJP proceedings resulted in the Sailor being found not guilty of Article 124 but guilty of Article 107, leading to a one-grade reduction in rank.

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