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Le Mars Woman Sentenced for Theft in Connection with Health Care

December 7, 2012
Contact: Ace Crawford
Public Information Officer
605-343-2913, Ext. 2101

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Le Mars, Iowa, woman charged with Theft in Connection with Health Care was sentenced on December 3, 2012, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Wendy Gonzales, age 45, was sentenced to three years of probation, restitution to the Veterans Administration in the amount of $22,077.59, and a $100 assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

Gonzales was indicted for Theft in Connection with Health Care by a federal grand jury on January 10, 2012.

Gonzales received regular treatments at a Veterans Health Administration facility in Sioux Falls between June 1, 2010, and February 28, 2011. She was entitled to reimbursement for her travel to and from her home to the VA. This travel reimbursement program required Gonzales to submit numerous vouchers to the VA, stating the miles she traveled. During that time period, Gonzales had moved from her previous home in Selby, South Dakota, to a new home in Le Mars, Iowa. She nonetheless continued to submit travel vouchers to the VA that she knew to be fraudulent in that she continued claiming that she was traveling to and from Selby, South Dakota. The result was that, through this scheme, she caused the VA to reimburse her approximately $22,077.59 in excess of the amount to which she was actually entitled. Gonzales pled guilty to the indictment on September 17, 2012.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Kevin Koliner.



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