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May 2019
Tim Bilecki

Sailors’ Wife Travels Lead to BAH Case, Bilecki Points Out Misunderstanding

BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) Fraud
Sasebo, Japan
Navy Chief Petty Officer – E-7
The case was closed with no probable cause found for BAH fraud.

A Navy Chief Petty Officer stationed in Sasebo, Japan, came under NCIS investigation for alleged BAH fraud. With potential repercussions for his career, he retained legal representation from Tim Bilecki, specializing in BAH fraud defense under the UCMJ. The defense’s investigation revealed that the Chief’s spouse did reside at the declared location but frequently traveled, which led to misconceptions about the legitimacy of the BAH claims. This situation was exacerbated by the Chief’s discussions of his spouse’s travels and the BAH benefits, prompting an investigation based on a misunderstanding of the regulations governing BAH entitlements. After a prolonged review by NCIS and detailed negotiations highlighting the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DoDFMR) and Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) regulations, it was concluded that the Chief’s actions did not constitute misconduct.

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