Seven Indicted For Fraudulently Requesting Travel Reimbursement Expenses From The Department Of Veterans Affairs
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Monty Stokes, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Inspector General (VA-OIG), announce the indictment of seven defendants for making false statements in connection with fraudulent requests for travel reimbursements, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2). Dennis L. Bradley, 52, of South Bay, Lee Dixon, 55, of Boca Raton, Terrence M. Fanning, 53, of Delray Beach, Harry J. Kapton, 70, of Greenacres, Kenneth Leggett, 55, of Palm Beach Gardens, Robert Moorer, Jr., 58, of West Palm Beach, and Randi D. Seltman, 45, of Riviera Beach, were arrested. All have been released on bond pending further court proceedings.
According to affidavits filed earlier this month in support of criminal complaints, the defendants submitted travel vouchers falsely claiming entitlement to reimbursement for expenses much greater than they incurred. Combined, the defendants received approximately $148,813 in VA travel reimbursement funds.
If convicted, each defendant faces a statutory maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, to be followed by up to a three-year term of supervised release, in addition to payment of restitution.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the VA-OIG. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandy Galler.
An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.