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July 2020
Tim Bilecki

Soldier Facing 15 Years in San Francisco BAH Case Gets Administrative Discharge

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Fraud.
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Army Sergeant – E-5
Chapter 10 in BAH fraud case.

An Army Sergeant had general court martial charges preferred against him for larceny in violation of Article 121, UCMJ, as well as for a false official statement in violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ.  The case involved the Soldier’s claim of BAH payments for San Francisco, California, for his spouse.

According to the investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), his wife never lived or even visited San Francisco, CA.  BAH Fraud cases arising out of New York City, San Francisco and Honolulu are quite common, as those are the three areas with the highest BAH rates in the country and the target of law enforcement audits.  

Court martial lawyer Timothy Bilecki was retained, and an Article 32 hearing was held.  While the case proceeded beyond the Article 32, the government likely understood the difficulties in bringing the case to trial and succeeding. Mr. Bilecki was able to leverage this into Chapter 10, in which all charges were withdrawn and dismissed against our client in exchange for administrative separation.  Prior to the Chapter 10 being approved, this Soldier was facing up to 15 years in confinement if convicted.

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