Cutler Man Sentenced to 44 Months for
Theft of VA Benefits and Violation of Supervised Release
Contact: Jim 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, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Bangor, to 3 years
in prison for theft of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") disability benefits. He was
also ordered to pay $142,668 in restitution. He pled guilty to the charge on January 23, 3013.
According to Court records, between 2007 and 2012, 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.
In 2009, Ramsdell was convicted in federal court of stealing and destroying copper cable
used by the United States Navy for the antenna tower system at the Naval Telecommunications
Station in Cutler, Maine. He was sentenced to 4 months in prison and 3 years of supervised
release. The instant conviction for theft of VA benefits resulted in an additional prison term of 8
months because Ramsdell violated the terms of supervision previously imposed prohibiting him
from committing any crimes while on supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the VA
Office of Inspector General.
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