Reading Man Sentenced To Prison Term For Defrauding The Department Of Veterans Affairs
PHILADELPHIA - Jason Milbrandt, 42, of Reading, PA, was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison for converting government funds in a fraud on the Department of Veterans Affairs. Milbrandt collected Dependency and Indemnity Compensation after becoming ineligible for such benefits. Milbrandt was receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (“DIC”) after the death of his first wife but then lied to the Veterans Administration, denying that he had remarried. He continued to receive DIC payments that he was not entitled to until the VA learned of his fraud in August 2011. His conduct resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $185,458. Milbrandt pleaded guilty to the single count charged on February 6, 2012.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence F. Stengel ordered Milbrandt to pay restitution in the amount of $185,458 which has been paid in full, a fine in the amount of $10,000, and to complete two years of supervised release during which time he is prohibited from handling monetary or business affairs for any business or organization.
The case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.
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