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Albany Woman Charged with Burglarizing Albany VA Building

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jamie Varieur, age 42, of Albany, was arrested today and charged with burglarizing a dwelling at the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Christopher Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General; and Chief Eric Hawkins, Albany Police Department.

According to the complaint, on August 22, 2021, Varieur broke into and entered the Fisher House, a home on VA property where military and veteran families can stay while a loved one is in the hospital, where she stole various items from the kitchen. The charge in the complaint is merely an accusation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The charge filed against Varieur carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, and a term of supervised release up to 3 years.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

Varieur appeared today in Albany before United States Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart, and was detained pending further proceedings.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, the Albany Police Department, and the Veterans Affairs Police Service at the Albany VAMC, with assistance from the New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander P. Wentworth-Ping.

Updated January 12, 2022