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Southington man sentenced for National Guard recruiting fraud

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A former Ohio National Guardsman and Warren City School teacher from Southington has pleaded guilty to one of two charges filed against him after investigators accused him of bilking funds from a Department of Defense recruiting program.

Jack Reppart, 48, appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of theft of government property.

In 2015, a Special Agent for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command submitted an affidavit alleging that Reppart fraudulently received incentive money for claiming that he signed up soldiers who had in reality signed up for military service elsewhere.

The investigation surrounds the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program, which allows part-time and retired soldiers to collect $1,000 for every person they sign up to join the Army, and another $1,000 if the soldier starts basic training.

According to an affidavit, the Special Agent interviewed 17 of the 67 potential soldiers nominated by Reppart. Seven of those interviewed said they didn't even know Reppart.

Investigators said that Reppart collected incentive money from the program for five years beginning in 2006.

Reppart, who was originally indicted for theft of government money and aggravated identity theft, has agreed to repay a total of $12,000; $1,000 as restitution and $11,000 in a voluntary repayment letter, the payment of which is a term of his probation.

He was sentenced immediately to one year of probation.

Warren Board of Education records show that Reppart was employed as an elementary education teacher and a Robotics Coach at McGuffey PK-8 School.

School officials have not returned calls to 21 News seeking information about Reppart's current status with the Warren City Schools.

According to online records from the Ohio Department of Education, Reppart's license as an elementary school teacher is valid through next June.

The affidavit may be viewed here.

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