Suspect Claiming to be on Military Leave Charged with Grand Theft

Carlos A. Rua, 31, of Jacksonville, was arrested by United States Secret Service (USSS) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) special agents. Rua was charged with grand theft and booked in the Duval County Jail.

A fraud investigator for Rua’s former employer contacted the USSS office in Jacksonville with information that Rua had fraudulently claimed that he was a member of the United States Army when he told his supervisor that he was going to be absent from his employment and using his military leave. The investigator advised that employees who are absent on military leave receive their normal salary while serving in the armed forces. Rua provided a military form indicating a discharge from status to his employer when he claimed to have completed his military service and was ready to return to work. As a result, Rua was paid his salary for military leave. The employer later believed the form to be counterfeit. The investigator provided the USSS office a copy of the form that Rua had provided.

A sergeant at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station located on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, was interviewed by a USSS agent and examined the form. The sergeant determined it was not a genuine form. It was further learned that Rua had never been a member of the United States armed forces.

For more information, contact:

Paul Elliott
Assistant Special Agent in Charge
United States Secret Service Jacksonville

Sharon Gogerty
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Jacksonville
(904) 360-7100