January 24, 2013

Maine man guilty of stealing VA benefits

The Associated Press

BANGOR — A 38-year-old Maine man faces sentencing after pleading guilty to receiving veterans  disability benefits to which he wasn't entitled.

Richard Ramsdell Jr. of Cutler entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Prosecutors say Ramsdell obtained more than $200,000 in VA benefits by falsely claiming to be unemployed and unable to work because of his back and mental condition.

Court records show that Ramsdell in fact was working for a wreath manufacturer and as a fisherman and painter.

He faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and full restitution.

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