City of Redlands will honor veterans with parade, ceremony

October 16th, 2014

2 attachments: Veterans Day Parade route pdf; Veterans Day poster pdf

CITY OF REDLANDS
35 Cajon Street
Redlands, CA 92373

Pete Aguilar, Mayor
Paul Foster, Mayor Pro Tem
Jon Harrison, Council Member
Bob Gardner, Council Member
Pat Gilbreath, Council Member

N. Enrique Martinez, City Manager

NEWS RELEASE

Oct. 16, 2014 Contact: Carl Baker
Public Information Officer
Phone: 909.798.7633
Fax: 909.798-7503
Email: cbaker@cityofredlands.org

For immediate release:

City of Redlands will honor veterans with parade, ceremony

The City of Redlands will honor veterans with its second annual Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 followed by a picnic and ceremony at Jennie Davis Park.

The parade will start at Redlands High School at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. From there it will make its way west on Citrus Avenue to Eureka Street, north to State Street, west to Texas Street, north to Redlands Boulevard and west to Jennie Davis Park at the corner of Redlands Boulevard and New York Street.

At the conclusion of the parade, a Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Jennie Davis Park with the singing of the National Anthem and posting of the colors, remarks from dignitaries, a POW/MIA observance, musical salute to the Armed Services by the Redlands Fourth of July Band, laying of the wreath, 21 Gun Salute and Taps.

The guest speaker for the ceremony is Lt. Michael Montanez, who was raised in Redlands, served two tours in Iraq both in the Air Force and Army and now serves in the Army National Guard in San Bernardino.

The picnic at Jennie Davis Park begins at 9 a.m. with a pause for the ceremony. Highlights include military vehicles and classic cars on display, food trucks, vendor booths, craft breweries, music by local rock and roll band 8-Track and a kids’ zone.

Groups wishing to participate in the parade may contact Redlands City Clerk Sam Irwin at (909) 798-7531 or by email at sirwin@cityofredlands.org. An entry fee of $20 will be charged to individuals and non-profit organizations. Commercial entries are $30. Make checks payable to the City of Redlands (Veterans’ Parade in the memo line), and return with your completed entry form to: City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 3005, Redlands, CA 92373. The deadline for entry is Oct. 31. There will be a $10 late fee after the deadline date.

City of Redlands press releases and other information are available on the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofredlands or on the City’s website at www.CityofRedlands.org

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Carl Baker
Public Information Officer
City of Redlands
35 Cajon St., Suite 204
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 798-7633 (office)
(909) 557-6710 (cell)
cbaker@cityofredlands.org

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WHO STOLE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IS SENTENCED

September 16th, 2014

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September 11, 2014
FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WHO STOLE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IS SENTENCED
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that VENITA GODFREY-SCOTT, 48, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to four years of probation, the first six months of which GODFREY-SCOTT must spend in home confinement with electronic monitoring, for stealing government property that she used for various home improvement projects. GODFREY-SCOTT was also ordered to perform 120 hours of community service and to pay restitution in the amount of $15,000.

According to court documents and statements made in court, GODFREY-SCOTT was employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) at the Medical Center in West Haven as a supervisor in the Facilities Management Service, which is responsible for carpentry, paint, locks, doors, and other minor construction projects at the Medical Center. From approximately 2010 until 2013, GODFREY-SCOTT directed VA employees that she supervised to perform home improvement projects at her private residence, including a deck in her backyard, carpet installation, and various kitchen, bathroom and basement improvements. GODFREY-SCOTT directed the employees to use materials, supplies, tools, and vehicles belonging to the VA, and also had the employees purchase necessary materials at local stores using her government-issued credit card. She sometimes directed the employees to work on her home improvement projects during their regular work hours while they were being paid by the VA. The total loss to the government as a result of GODFREY-SCOTT’s criminal conduct is estimated to be between $15,000 and $20,000.

On May 14, 2014, GODFREY-SCOTT pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property.

This matter was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, the Department of Veterans Affairs Police and the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General Northeast Regional Investigations Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.

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U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

Former Defense Department Employee Pleads Guilty

September 10th, 2014

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Monday, September 8, 2014

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Former Defense Department Employee Pleads Guilty
To Carrying Out $2.5 Million Health Care Fraud
-Veteran Admits Submitting Fraudulent Claims for Medical Expenses-

WASHINGTON – Jonathan M. Hargett, a former civilian employee of the Department of Defense, pled guilty today to a charge of health care fraud stemming from a scheme in which he collected over $2.2 million after submitting fraudulent claims for federal health care benefits.

The guilty plea was announced by Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Robert E. Craig, Special Agent in Charge of the Mid-Atlantic Field Office of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS); Patrick E. McFarland, Inspector General for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM); Gregg Hirstein, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General, Central Field Office of Investigations, and Frank Robey, Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit.

Hargett, 41, formerly of Germany, pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was indicted in October 2013, extradited from Germany, and returned to the United States in July 2014. The Honorable Senior Judge Paul L. Friedman scheduled sentencing for Nov. 18, 2014. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and financial penalties. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Hargett faces a likely prison term of 46 to 57 months and a fine between $10,000 and $100,000. The plea agreement calls for Hargett to pay over $2.2 million in restitution to the United States. He also is subject to a forfeiture money judgment in the same amount. The government has seized more than $704,000 from Hargett’s bank accounts, and German authorities have seized or frozen over $500,000.

According to a statement of offense submitted to the Court today, and signed by the government and the defendant, Hargett worked from 1996 through 2012 in various positions as a civilian employee for the Department of Defense in Germany. From January 2011 through May 2012, he was an intelligence analyst stationed in Heidelberg. Previously, he had served in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 1996.

As a federal employee stationed overseas, Hargett was enrolled since 2002 in the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) a health care benefit program. Because of his service in the Army, he also was eligible for health care coverage from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For veterans working or residing abroad, the VA provides this coverage through its Foreign Medical Program (VA-FMP).

From January 2007 through April 2012, according to the statement of offense, Hargett carried out a scheme to submit fraudulent claims and invoices to the FSBP and the VA-FMP. The claims falsely represented that he bought prescription medications and other pharmaceutical items from a pharmacy in Germany. They also falsely represented that he had received and paid for various health care items and services from a doctor in Germany. Hargett also created and submitted forged invoices and other fraudulent paperwork.

All told, Hargett admitted submitting more than $2.5 million in false claims to the two programs. He was paid more than $2.2 million, including about $943,519 from the FSBP and $1,261,512 from the VA-FMP.

This case was investigated by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Office of the Inspector General for the Office of Personnel Management, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Assistance was provided by the Office of International Affairs in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; the Department of Defense; former Assistant U.S. Attorney Courtney G. Saleski; Paralegal Specialist Donna Galindo, and former Paralegal Specialist Nicole Wattelet.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted Radway and Peter Lallas, of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Lucas, of the office’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.

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Four Indicted For Fraud Against Government Contracting Programs

September 10th, 2014

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Four Indicted For Fraud Against Government Contracting Programs

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – A federal grand jury in Greeneville returned an indictment on Aug. 12, 2013, against Ricky Anthony Lanier, 47, and Katrina Reshina Lanier, 40, of LaGrange, N.C.; Latoya Montrevette Speight, 37, of Snow Hill, N.C.; and Emanuel Louis Hill, 47, of Louisville, Ky., for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and major fraud against the United States.

These individuals appeared in court on Sept. 9, 2014 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman and pleaded not guilty. All were released on bond pending trial, which has been set for Nov. 18, 2014 in U.S. District Court, in Greeneville, Tennessee.

If convicted, they all face a term of 20 years in prison as to each wire fraud charge and up to 10 years in prison for the charges of major fraud against the United States. Additionally, they face fines of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release as to each count. The indictment also seeks forfeitures of approximately $15 million as to the Laniers and Speight and approximately $5 million as to Hill.

Details of this conspiracy are included in the indictment on file with the U.S. District Court, which alleges that the Laniers, Speight, and Hill conspired from November 2005 to April 2013 to defraud the United States government through a scheme to fraudulently obtain federal contracts intended to be awarded to businesses lawfully participating in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern program.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General, and United States Secret Service, with assistance from the National Park Service and General Services Administration Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Neil Smith and David Gunn will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Pennsylvania Woman Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Make False Statements And Defraud The Government FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 5, 2014

September 9th, 2014

Pennsylvania Woman Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Make False Statements And Defraud The Government
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 5, 2014

St. Louis, MO – REGINA DANKO, of Ivyland, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the United States in federal court this morning. Danko, the principal shareholder of Tri-Ark Industries, Inc., a government contracting firm located in the Philadelphia area, admitted to conspiring to make false statements and defraud the government in connection with a five-year contract to provide janitorial services at the Robert A. Young, Jr. federal building in downtown St. Louis.

According to the plea agreement, Danko conspired with others to provide a false joint venture agreement and other false representations to government contracting officials that the firm bidding on the company was owned in the majority and controlled by a service disabled veteran to comply with rules for government contracts set aside for firms owned by such veterans. Danko admitted that the veteran with whom she partnered was merely a straw person and, contrary to her representations to the government, had no duties with the contract and accepted only small annual payment so that his name and status could be used. Danko also admitted the project manager at the Robert A. Young, Jr. building and another employee of Tri-Ark participated in the scheme. From 2007 to 2012, Tri-Ark collected more than $8.7 million dollars under this contract and almost all of the profits earned on the contract were retained by Tri-Ark to the benefit of Danko.

Danko pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. At sentencing, which was set for December 11, 2014, she faces up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 or both. In addition to these penalties, Danko agreed to the criminal forfeiture of more than $2.4 million dollars, which was seized by investigators. Danko has also acquiesced to the non-renewal of a successor contract she held at the Robert A. Young, Jr. building with an unrelated service-disabled veteran.

The case was investigated by the General Services Administration-Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of the Inspector General and the St. Louis Division of the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Albus is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Two Employees Of Veterans Affairs Hospital, Including Logistics Warehouse And Mail Center Supervisor, Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute Cocaine FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September 8th, 2014

Two Employees Of Veterans Affairs Hospital, Including Logistics Warehouse And Mail Center Supervisor, Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute Cocaine
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Philip R. Bartlett, the Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), Jeffrey G. Hughes, Special Agent-in-Charge, Northeast Field Office, of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General (“VA-OIG”), and Albert Aviles, Chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs Police Detachment in Bronx, New York, announced that ROBERT TUCKER, of Bronx, New York, and ERIK CASIANO, of West Orange, New Jersey, were arrested yesterday for allegedly engaging in a conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. The defendants will be presented in Manhattan federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As alleged, the defendants used the cover of a facility dedicated to caring for our nation’s heroes to further a scheme to distribute large amounts of cocaine. I would like to thank the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Police for their outstanding work on this case.”

USPIS Inspector-in-Charge Philip R. Bartlett said: “These employees allegedly took advantage of the trust placed in them by their employer and the US Government. Criminals involved in drug trafficking should take note, U.S. Postal Inspectors will vigorously pursue, arrest and bring to justice anyone who uses the US Mail to facilitate the transport of illegal drugs, firearms or drug proceeds.”

VA-OIG Special Agent-in-Charge Jeffrey G. Hughes said: “The arrest of two VA Medical Center employees comes as a result of an outstanding collaborative effort of all the federal agencies involved. The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General is committed to uncovering illegal activities at VA facilities and assisting in the prosecution of those who place their own interest ahead of the safety of both veterans receiving treatment and dedicated VA employees.”

VA Police Chief Albert Aviles said: “Drug abuse is a national epidemic and communities everywhere must be vigilant to suspicious activities. Thanks to vigilance and good police work, we can report today that these drugs are off the street and that the alleged perpetrators of this activity are under arrest. We are grateful to the Postal Inspection Service and our own VA Police staff, for their diligence and professionalism. We are grateful to our community law enforcement partners, for their significant involvement in this investigation. This was truly a team effort and a strong ‘win’ for law enforcement. Through this effort we can continue to assure a safe environment of care for all of our Veterans.”

According to the Complaint filed today in Manhattan federal court:

Since at least November 2013, the defendants used the United States Postal Service and the mailroom at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, New York (the “Medical Center”), to receive and distribute narcotics, including cocaine. TUCKER has been employed by the Medical Center since 1997, and has served as the Supervisor of the Logistics Warehouse and Mail Center since 2012. CASIANO has been employed by the Medical Center since 2012 as a pipefitter in the Plumbing Department.

In December 2013, Postal Inspectors in San Juan, Puerto Rico, seized a suspicious package that was addressed to the Medical Center, to the attention of “Warehouse,” and discovered approximately two kilograms of cocaine inside the package.

On four separate occasions in July and August 2014, TUCKER was observed by undercover law enforcement personnel retrieving packages similar in size and weight to the aforementioned package from the Medical Center mailroom. The packages had been sent from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the Medical Center, to the attention of “Logistic[s] Warehouse.” On each occasion, TUCKER brought the package to his office, and CASIANO subsequently went into TUCKER’s office and retrieved the package’s contents before carrying them out of the Medical Center building. Two of the four packages handled by CASIANO and TUCKER were examined by drug-sniffing dogs prior to delivery and tested positive for the presence of narcotics.

On September 2, 2014, TUCKER was observed on video surveillance retrieving another similarly addressed package from the Medical Center mailroom. TUCKER then brought the package to his office and met in the office with CASIANO, who provided $500 in cash to TUCKER. Thereafter, CASIANO brought the package to his car. As CASIANO attempted to drive out of the Medical Center facility, he was arrested by Postal Inspectors, VA-OIG agents, and DEA agents who seized one kilogram of cocaine from the car.

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TUCKER, 64, and CASIANO, 29, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. They each face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the USPIS, the Department of Veterans Affairs OIG, the Veterans Affairs Police, the DEA New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police, and thanked the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for its assistance. The DEA’s New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force comprises agents and officers of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York City Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the New York State Police, the U. S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, New York National Guard, Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the New York Department of Taxation and Finance.

This case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew DeFilippis is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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U.S. v. Robert Tucker & Erik Casiano Complaint

Co-Owner Of Defunct Company Admits Defrauding Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program

September 8th, 2014

Co-Owner Of Defunct Company Admits Defrauding Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 4, 2014
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The co-owner of a defunct Missouri construction company pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding a federal program that set aside contracts for businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Michael J. Parker, 40, Blue Springs, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States, one count of major program fraud and one count of wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted that he and his father, co-defendant, Warren K. Parker, made false claims in order for their company, Silver Star Construction LLC of Blue Springs, Mo., and Stilwell, Kan., to obtain more than $6.7 million in contracts from the Veterans Administration and more than $748,000 in contracts from the Department of Defense. The contracts were awarded under the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program.

After an extensive investigation, federal agents determined that in fact Warren Parker never was classified as a service-disabled veteran by the Veterans Administration or the Department of Defense.
Sentencing will be set for a later date. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 51 months in federal prison and restitution.

Co-defendants include:
Warren K. Parker, who was sentenced to 87 months.
Mary Parker, who is set for jury trial Oct. 6.
Thomas Whitehead, who is awaiting sentencing.
Silver Star Construction, LLC, which is set for trial Oct. 6.

Grissom commended the Small Business Administration’s Office of Inspector General; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service; the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigation Division and the General Services Administration’s Office of Inspector General; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt for their work on the case.

OIG sept 4 2014

September 5th, 2014

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The next Road Warrior Ride will take place Summer 2015

September 3rd, 2014

The next Road Warrior Ride will take place Summer 2015. We are currently meeting with partners on the routing and plans STAY TUNED.
Life is about the journey; our past experiences have bonded us together leading to this effort in helping others enjoy that journey. The goal of this ride is to raise awareness and funds to support Special Operation Wounded, Ill and Injured.

Why Can-Am Spyder? Because our riders are looking for an exhilarating ride and open road adventure, and Can-Am Spyder is the only one that combines these with incredible stability and control. Our riders are all special forces veterans, so they know the importance of having the right equipment, and powered by Can-Am Spyder, they are going to enjoy every moment of this coast to coast 10 day ride across our beautiful country from Seattle to Tampa.

On the journey, we will share a message that will benefit all veterans and aims to inspire others to help. You see, these riders share a bond, not only are they Special Operations Forces veterans but were all injured, many of them severely. You will not find a more resilient group of heroes. Help us give back some of the independence and freedom ripped from their lives as we try to make the world better for all we can reach. Please give what you can to help these veterans leave it all in their rear-view mirror as they cross the country – show up along the route to support the riders or donate here on-line, or both.

Thank-you

The next Road Warrior Ride will take place Summer 2015. We are currently meeting with partners on the routing and plans STAY TUNED.
Life is about the journey; our past experiences have bonded us together leading to this effort in helping others enjoy that journey. The goal of this ride is to raise awareness and funds to support Special Operation Wounded, Ill and Injured.

Why Can-Am Spyder? Because our riders are looking for an exhilarating ride and open road adventure, and Can-Am Spyder is the only one that combines these with incredible stability and control. Our riders are all special forces veterans, so they know the importance of having the right equipment, and powered by Can-Am Spyder, they are going to enjoy every moment of this coast to coast 10 day ride across our beautiful country from Seattle to Tampa.

On the journey, we will share a message that will benefit all veterans and aims to inspire others to help. You see, these riders share a bond, not only are they Special Operations Forces veterans but were all injured, many of them severely. You will not find a more resilient group of heroes. Help us give back some of the independence and freedom ripped from their lives as we try to make the world better for all we can reach. Please give what you can to help these veterans leave it all in their rear-view mirror as they cross the country – show up along the route to support the riders or donate here on-line, or both.

Thank-you
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Former VA Contractor Arrested In Connection With Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

September 2nd, 2014

Former VA Contractor Arrested In Connection With Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2014

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Willie Streater with five counts of wrongful disclosure of health information, two counts of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Streater faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count of wrongful disclosure of health information and access device fraud, to be followed by two additional years’ imprisonment on the aggravated identity theft charge. The indictment also notifies Streater that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $1,146,745.35, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.

According to the indictment and information presented in court, Streater is a former employee of a shredding company that had a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to shred documents at the James A. Haley Tampa VA Hospital. Streater stole documents intended for shredding that contained the personal identifying information of U.S. veterans. Streater then sold the stolen documents to individuals engaged in filing fraudulent tax returns in order to steal tax refunds from the U.S. Treasury.

“Today’s arrest was the result of a three-year multiagency investigation involving local, state, and federal offices,” said Special Agent in Charge Monty Stokes, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General – Southeast Field Office. “It is representative of the cooperative efforts of law enforcement to protect veterans’ personally identifiable information and hold those accountable who engage in fraud against veterans.”

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and the Tampa Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sara C. Sweeney.