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Brockton Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Veterans Affairs Funds

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

BOSTON – A Brockton woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to stealing veteran affairs benefits.   

Robin Calef, 63, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public funds. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for March 1, 2022.

In December 2006, Calef’s sister, who was receiving monthly benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), passed away. Calef failed to inform the VA of her sister’s death, and the VA continued to deposit monthly benefits into a bank account held by Calef and her sister. From Dec. 1, 2006 to Sept. 20, 2017, Calef stole approximately $102,289 in VA funds from that bank account. 

The charge of theft of government funds provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Christopher Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated November 5, 2021

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