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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

March 17, 2010

                                                                             

R.I. MAN INDICTED FOR COMPUTER THEFT FROM V.A. HOSPITAL

                                                                                            

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Bryan Polke, 56, of North Providence, R.I., was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on one count of knowingly stealing from the Veterans Administration Hospital two computers and two monitors, of a value over $1,000, belonging to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

   The indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. An indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

           If convicted, the defendant faces penalties of up to 10 years in prison; 3 years supervised release; and a $250,000 fine.

           The matter was investigated by the Providence Veterans Administration Police and the Office of Inspector General.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee.

 

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