A Kent man was one of two Veterans Affairs employees arrested Tuesday at work following an investigation of more than $110,000 in fraudulent claims in a program designed to reimburse veterans for their travel to medical appointments.
The two employees allegedly recruited veterans to submit phony vouchers for travel expenses they had not incurred, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office media release. The employees reportedly processed the vouchers and then demanded kick-backs from the veterans of the funds they illegally obtained.
“We owe it to our veterans to protect the money set aside for their medical care,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. “Every dollar of fraud takes benefits from the many veterans who are returning home and need the support services the VA provides.”