Bossier City woman sentenced to 12 months in prison for stealing more than $90,000 in VA benefits
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Bossier City woman was sentenced to 12 months in prison for fraudulently taking more than $90,000 in federal benefits that were payable to her deceased mother.
Gloria Lynn Perry, 67, of Bossier City, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of theft of government property. She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $ 88,915.15 restitution. According to the July 24, 2015 guilty plea, Perry stole $90,000 of her mother’s Veteran’s Affairs Dependency and Indemnity Compensation benefits from April 1, 2008 until July 1, 2014. Her mother died in 2008 and was no longer entitled to the benefits. In addition, Perry filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2014, but she did not report the existence of the bank account where her mother’s benefits were deposited nor the income she received as a result.
The Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cytheria D. Jernigan prosecuted the case.