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Puerto Rican accused of defrauding US Army Reserve

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Puerto Rico man has been arrested on charges of defrauding the U.S. Army Reserve by obtaining at least half a million dollars in veteran's benefits under a false name.

Pedro Rodriguez Colondres was indicted on accusations that he ran the scheme from May 1984 to October 2011.

U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez says the suspect requested a discharge from the U.S. Army Reserve and obtained it in November 1974. Officials said he lacked motivation and stamina and spoke no English. She said Friday that the suspect was ineligible for reenlistment, but that he enlisted in September 1977 under a false name and was medically discharged less than a year later for temporary disability.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.
 

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