Feds: Operator of dog training school used dead person to commit $1.26M fraud
A principal operator of a canine training business in San Antonio swindled about $1.26 million from the GI Bill program by fraudulently claiming his trainers were certified, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.
The indictment said Bradley Croft, 46, submitted to the Texas Veterans Commission the names of people he claimed to be certified training instructors, but they never gave permission for him to use their names for Universal K-9’s application, and one had been dead for two years.
Croft is charged with eight counts of wire fraud, four counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of money laundering.
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Arrested Wednesday, Croft made his initial hearing Thursday in federal court. Over the objections of one of Croft’s lawyers, Tom McHugh, U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad ordered Croft held for a bail hearing and arraignment on Tuesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Surovic told the judge that Croft is a flight risk and danger to the community based on his lengthy criminal history.
Go to ExpressNews.com to read details on the charges Bradley Croft faces.
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