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A Michigan man who defrauded the Veterans Administration to get disability benefits has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay massive restitution.
FULL STORY: https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazo...65k-in-benefits-from-us-veterans-affairs.htmlMan sent to prison after faking injuries to get $265K in benefits from U.S. Veterans Affairs
A military veteran who claimed he lost the use of his legs and left hand to obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been sentenced to five years in prison on fraud charges.
The government said that Joseph Gray, 53, of Lawton, was seen walking, even carrying a heavy bag of cat food on his shoulder, and using his left hand.
He was convicted by a U.S. District Court jury of conspiracy to defraud the government, making a false statement to the VA, theft of government funds and making a false, fictitious or fraudulent claim.
He was sentenced this week by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker to five years in prison and ordered to pay $264,631.51 in restitution.
His wife, Paula Gray, 53, was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government, making false statements to the VA, and making a false, fictitious or fraudulent claim. She was sentenced to three years on probation and ordered to pay the same restitution. ...
On Oct. 26, 2017, Gray showed up in a wheelchair for an examination at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, the government said.
He said he had not walked in 10 years and could not use his left hand. But he was seen minutes later walking into a restaurant and holding leftovers in his left hand on the way out, federal prosecutors said. ...
His acquaintances told investigators they had not seen Gray in a wheelchair except for his VA appointments ...