Two former Department of Defense employees have been sentenced for defrauding taxpayers

Two former civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DOD) were sentenced in El Paso, Tex., for defrauding the United States of tens of thousands of dollars.

Lilia Delgadillo who was employed by a component of the DOD admitted that she and a coworker, Saul Granados, devised a scheme to defraud the United States of up to $700,000 through the misuse of a DOD pay-processing computer system.

Both Granados and Delgadillo improperly accessed the system and submitted fraudulent pay adjustments which resulted in wire transmissions from DFAS headquarters in Indiana to Delgadillo’s bank account in Texas.

Delgadillo coded the transactions to make it appear as though the payments were being made to a former member of the Arizona National Guard.

Delgadillo who pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Granados who pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud involving the same scheme, was also sentenced to three years probation and 150 hours of community service.