June 12, 2007
Nicholson: “Full Force of Law” to Protect Earned Benefits
“VA is committed to protecting our veterans, especially our most vulnerable veterans. We will investigate and help bring charges against anyone suspected of defrauding veterans of the disability compensation or any other assistance they have earned,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. “Fiduciary fraud is a heinous crime. We will bring the full force of law against offenders.”
Among recent cases successfully prosecuted as a result of investigations by VA’s Office of the Inspector General:
From January 2005 through April 5 this year, VA’s Office of Inspector General investigated 61 cases of alleged fiduciary fraud. Twenty-seven people were indicted on related charges, of whom 19 have been convicted so far. Resulting penalties have included $1.9 million in court-ordered restitution for veterans or their estates, 191 months’ imprisonment and 838 months of probation.
To report suspected fraud involving veterans benefits, other crimes, fraud, waste or mismanagement in the VA, please contact the Office of Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-488-8244 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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