Georgia Man Sentenced For Stealing Medical Treatment Using Veteran’s Identity
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On June 23, 2021, Kristopher M. Voyles, 31, of Georgia, was sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by three years’ supervised release, by the Honorable Clifton L. Corker, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville.
As part of a negotiated plea agreement, Voyles pled guilty to theft of more than $1,000 of government property. Voyles will be required to make restitution of $20,502 to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
According to court records, Voyles is not a veteran and has never served in the United States military. On October 9, 2019, Voyles used the name, date of birth, and social security number of a United States veteran when receiving medical services at a hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. The next day, while still impersonating the veteran, Voyles obtained a transfer to the VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee. Voyles used fraudulently obtained identification documents, and a fraudulently obtained Form DD214. For approximately a week, Voyles accepted medical goods, items, and services from the VA Medical Center. The value of the goods, items, and services Voyles stole was $20,502. When apprehended, Voyles still had the veteran’s identification documents with him, including the fraudulently obtained Form DD214.
Subsequent investigation revealed that Voyles had previously been prosecuted by Atlanta, Georgia authorities for using the same veteran’s identity to obtain prescription drugs from the VA Medical Center in Atlanta.
The criminal indictment was the result of an investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs Police and the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General ("VAOIG"). The federal investigation was led by Special Agent Charles Pack, VAOIG.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mac Heavener represented the United States.