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April 2016
Tim Bilecki

Army SFC Claims for BAH Found Consistent in Court, Fraud Charges Dropped

BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) Fraud
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Army Sergeant First Class – E-7
Full Acquittal – Not Guilty of All Charges and Specifications.

An Army Sergeant First Class at Schofield Barracks faced charges of BAH fraud in April 2016. The accusation was that the Sergeant claimed an inflated BAH by stating that his wife resided at a location with a higher housing allowance rate, while the government contended she actually lived in an area with a lower rate.

Tim Bilecki, an attorney specializing in Article 132 UCMJ BAH fraud defense in Hawaii, was retained to represent the Sergeant. The key argument of the defense was centered on proving the legitimacy of the Sergeant’s BAH claim.

The trial involved examination and presentation of evidence. Bilecki’s strategy focused on proving that the Sergeant’s wife’s primary residence was indeed at the location claimed for the housing allowance. The defense successfully demonstrated that while the Sergeant’s wife often traveled to different locations, her main residence was consistent with the Sergeant’s BAH claim. This contradicted the government’s allegation of fraudulent behavior.

Through strategic legal representation and detailed examination of housing allowance regulations, Bilecki was able to challenge the government’s interpretation of the Sergeant’s BAH claim. The trial concluded with a full acquittal, demonstrating the importance of precise documentation and representation in BAH claims.

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