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Franklinton Man Pleads Guilty to Veterans Affairs Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DANIEL VANSLYKE, age 34, of Franklinton, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to one count of theft of government funds, before U.S, District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

According to the factual basis and charging document, VANSLYKE knowingly stole money of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that did not belong to him of approximately $46,000. VANSLYKE misappropriated funds that were being paid to his father, a legitimate veteran, after his father passed away.

Sentencing will be held on September 16, 2020. At that time, VANSLYKE faces a sentence of up to ten (10) years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines, and up to three (3) years of supervised release.  

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General for their investigation of the matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated June 17, 2020

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