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District of New Mexico

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Carlsbad Man Sentenced for Submitting Fraudulent Claims to Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Defendant Ordered to Pay $13,613.66 in Restitution to VAMC

ALBUQUERQUE—William Arviso, 57, of Carlsbad, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to a two-year term of probation for submitting false and fraudulent claims to the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Albuquerque.  Arviso was also ordered to pay $13,613.66 in restitution to VAMC which represents the money he fraudulently obtained from the VAMC.

Arviso pled guilty on Nov. 7, 2014, to a felony information charging him with ten counts of theft of government property.  In entering the guilty plea, Arviso admitted that from Sept. 27, 2011 through Jan. 25, 2012, he submitted false travel claims to the VAMC and received monetary reimbursement for travel that he was not entitled to.

This case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Divisions and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rumaldo R. Armijo.

Updated June 17, 2015