Cutler Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of VA Benefits
Contact: James M. Moore
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945 - 0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Richard
C. Ramsdell, Jr., 38, of Cutler, Maine, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Bangor, to
theft of more than $1,000 of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") disability benefits.
According to Court records, Ramsdell stole VA disability benefits by making fraudulent
statements about his back and mental condition on VA questionnaires and by claiming to be
unemployed and incapable of working. In fact, Ramsdell was working for a wreath
manufacturer and as a fisherman and painter. The government contends that Ramsdell obtained
over $200,000 in VA benefits by making these false statements.
The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of ten years of imprisonment, a fine of
up to $250,000 and full restitution.
The investigation was conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the VA
Office of Inspector General.
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