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Former VA official sentenced to one year for claims fraud

A former official in the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for scheming to get over $1.4 million in veterans benefits. David Clark, 68, of Hydes, the former deputy chief of veterans claims and an Army veteran, had pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Clark also must forfeit $1,406,774 and pay restitution of $1,284,399. According to his plea agreement, Clark submitted documents that falsely claimed veterans — himself and 17 others — had diabetes or had served in Vietnam. The others would kick back to Clark half of their VA lump-sum payments.

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