Ball man sentenced to 21 months in prison for stealing more than $100,000 in Veterans Affairs benefits
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Ball man was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in prison for stealing more than $100,000 in Veterans Affairs benefits from a deceased woman’s bank account.
Tracy Marler, 51, of Ball, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell for one count of theft of government property. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $101,250.10 restitution. The defendant was found guilty on December 13, 2016 after a two-day trial. Evidence admitted at trial revealed that from February 25, 2008 until April 30, 2014, Marler withdrew $101,250.10 from a deceased woman’s account. The woman was receiving the benefits on behalf of her deceased husband who had served in the U.S. armed forces. Marler had a joint bank account with the woman. After she died in February of 2008, he continued to receive her Veterans Affairs benefit payments to which he was not entitled.
The Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.