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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Philadelphia Man Charged With Fraud Of The VA

Richard M. Gordon, 65, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was charged today by Information with one count of theft of Government funds, announced United States Attorney Zane D. Memeger. The information alleges that between June 4, 2004 and December 31, 2012, Richard Gordon implemented a scheme to steal funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by using his brother’s identity to obtain unauthorized medical care. It is further alleged that he used the identity of his brother to receive VA non-service connected disability pension benefits resulting in total losses to the government of approximately $178,607.20.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of ten years incarceration, a $250,000.00 fine, and three years supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Moshang III.

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Updated December 15, 2014