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Dauphin County Man Sentenced To Probation For Submitting Over $14,000 In False U.S. Department Of Veteran’s Affairs Claims

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

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jeffrey Oakley, age 40, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to two years of probation for submitting a fraudulent claim for U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) benefits on behalf of his wife. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Oakley submitted a disability claim to the VA on behalf of his wife.  When that claim was denied, he forged his wife’s DD214, and submitted the fraudulent document along with a new claim.  As a result of his actions, his wife received $14,127.02 in VA disability benefits to which she was not entitled. 

Oakley previously admitted to submitting the claim and fraudulent DD 214.  In addition to the sentence of probation, Oakley was also ordered to pay $14,127.02 in restitution, representing the total amount of funds he received through fraudulent reimbursement requests. At sentencing, Oakley presented a check for his restitution payments. 

The case was investigated by the Veteran’s Affairs Office of Inspector General.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott R. Ford prosecuted the case.


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Updated September 7, 2023