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Money Stolen from Department of Veterans Affairs

March 31, 2009

NAOMI SMITH, 30, of Sea-Tac, Washington, appeared today in U. S. District Court in Seattle and entered a guilty plea to unlawful conversion of monies belonging to the United States in violation of federal law. This offense is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Court documents indicate that since approximately 2005, SMITH worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Seattle as part of a Work Study program. Her most recent contract involved her performing work for the Disabled American Veterans, a veteran service organization in Seattle. SMITH stopped working for the VA in August 2007, and took another job. However, she continued to submit time cards to the VA, forging a supervisors signature on the cards, falsely indicating that she was performing compensable work for the VA. She continued this fraud from August 2007 through May1, 2008. SMITH claimed over 554 hours of work which she did not perform, and received compensation from the VA in the amount of $4,432.00 to which she was not entitled.

As part of her guilty plea, SMITH agreed to pay restitution to the United States for the amount of overpayment.

Sentencing is set for May 15, 2009, before the Honorable Brian A. Tsuchida.

The case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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