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VA Doctor Reports Veteran for Fraud
December 8, 2017

A veteran in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was recently sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release and ordered by the presiding Judge to pay restitution in the amount of $201,521.41.

According to court documents, veteran Dean Young formulated a complex scheme to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Mr. Young’s devious plan was to defraud the VA of compensation and pension benefits by providing false information to VA medical staff.

For example, Mr. Young provided materially false information to the VA about his medical conditions, from which the VA relied upon and ended up awarding pension and compensation benefits to Mr. Young that he was not entitled to receive.

One claim stemmed from a 2013 VA doctor’s appointment during which Mr. Young said he required a wheelchair, scooter, and a cane and that he could only walk a few steps due to excruciating back pain. Following the appointment, the VA doctor witnessed Mr. Young walking across the VA parking lot without use of his wheelchair and walking with what appeared to be a normal gait.

According to the doctor’s statements, Mr. Young folded up his extremely heavy wheelchair and placed it in the trunk of his car without any help.  The doctor added that Mr. Young seemed to handle the heavy wheelchair without any difficulty.

Also, VA surveillance enforcement specialists obtained video of Mr. Young the very same day walking down the hallway of his apartment complex and standing in the elevator while carrying what appeared to be a heavy box, all without the aid of a wheelchair, another person to assist him, or his walking cane.


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