Chelsea Man Sentenced to 5 Years Probation
for Theft of VA Travel Benefits
Contact: Jim Moore
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Stephen
Longstaff, 55, of Chelsea, Maine, was sentenced today in United States District Court, in
Bangor, by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr., to 5 years of probation and ordered to pay
$17,361.83 in restitution for submitting false claims for travel benefits to the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs ("VA"). VA travel benefits are reimbursements for travel expenses paid to
individuals who meet certain eligibility criteria and who must travel to receive VA services.
According to court records, between 2009 and 2012, Longstaff submitted 156 fraudulent
claims for VA travel benefits by overstating the distance he was driving between the Togus VA
Medical Center and locations in Washington County, Maine and Hancock County, Maine, where
he claimed to reside. A VA investigator conducting surveillance discovered that Longstaff was
residing in close proximity to the VA Medical Center and not hundreds of miles away from it, as
he had claimed.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs and the Police Department at the VA Medical Center at Togus,
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