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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of North Carolina

Monday, November 4, 2013

Orange County Resident Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Government Property From The Department Of Veterans Affairs

Served as a Fiduciary for Disabled Veteran

GREENSBORO, N.C. –A Rougemont, North Carolina, man pleaded guilty today in federal court to theft of government property, announced United States Attorney Ripley Rand.

BASIL D. HALLIDAY, age 51, pleaded guilty before United States Disrrict Judge Catherine C. Eagles to theft of government property in connection with his role as fiduciary for a relative who was a disabled veteran. A fiduciary is a guardian appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to use funds provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the benefit of a veteran. Halliday became a fiduciary for the veteran on March 21, 2007. The Indictment in this case indicates that, from June 1, 2007, until on or about July 30, 2010, Halliday stole approximately $44,000.00 in funds provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs solely for the intended benefit of the disabled veteran.

The defendant faces a maximum penalty of ten years confinement. The plea agreement also requires the defendant to make restitution to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sentencing will occur in Greensboro on February 27, 2014, before Senior United States District Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr.

The case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Hamilton.

Updated March 19, 2015