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A NURSE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WAS
SENTENCED FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO OBTAIN
FEDERAL EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION BENEFITS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2011

A former registered nurse with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $220,000.00 after her conviction for two counts of making false statements to obtain federal employee’s compensation, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge James Vanderberg of the United States Department of Labor and Special Agent in Charge John W. Brooks of the Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of Inspector General.

Johnnie Moneet Carter, 62, of Detroit, Michigan was sentenced to one day time served, followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay in excess of $220,000 in U.S. District Court in Detroit by Judge Avern Cohn.

The case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Veteran’s Affairs Office of Inspector General.

The evidence presented at the time of the plea showed that from November 2006 through 2008, Carter applied for and received workers’ compensation benefits for an alleged on-the-job injury she sustained. In order to obtain compensation, the Department of Labor requires a recipient of benefits to complete forms annually in which the recipient is required to disclose all employment and/or a change in medical condition. Carter completed and submitted these forms wherein she made false statements regarding the true nature of her employment and failed to disclose that she was employed as a registered nurse. Based on her false representations, the Department of Labor issued checks and benefits totally approximately $220,000.00.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Regina R. McCullough.

 

 

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