Vet who falsified VA travel claims gets 1 year

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 4:32 AM

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle Army veteran who defrauded the Veterans Administration out of more than $23,000 in travel expenses has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Fifty-year-old Aaron Adams admitted he used a false address in Pullman in requesting mileage reimbursements — making it appear that he traveled across the state for his VA appointments in Seattle. In reality, he lived in Seattle.

Federal prosecutors say he split the money with two VA workers who are scheduled for trial in January. Four other military veterans were also charged.

Investigators say the conspiracy cost the VA precious resources that should have been used to provide health care to veterans.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge James L. Robart, Adams wrote that he regretted his actions, and that he had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and cocaine addictions, and homelessness.

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