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This man never served, but got nearly $200,000 in VA benefits.

A South Carolina man pleaded guilty Wednesday of defrauding Veterans Affairs out of nearly $200,000 after falsely claiming to have served in Vietnam. Keith R. Hudson, 70, falsified a separation from active duty report — also known as a DD-214 — and was able to scam the VA into receiving benefits totaling $197,237, according to a Department of Justice news release . An investigation by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General revealed that Hudson had been prosecuted for the same scheme in Connecticut in 2005. Investigators caught up with Hudson after discovering several problems with the DD-214. Hudson claimed to have been in the Navy and served as a combat medic, receiving two Purple Hearts , but he did not use the correct citation for the award on the falsified DD-214, according to the release. He also claimed to have received a Combat Medic Badge, which is given ...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/06/...

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