A Navy veteran will spend time in prison and face thousands in restitution payments after he was convicted of defrauding the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. He was accused of submitting dozens of fraudulent forms to the VA regarding his medical care over the past four years.According to local news sources, 44-year-old Sergio Guaderrama has been sentenced to six months in prison followed by three years of supervised release in relation to his veterans’ disability fraud. In addition, the man will need to pay over $20,000 that he wrongfully received from the government through false claims and reimbursements.
When receiving medical care at a VA hospital in Madison, he submitted 54 false claims for travel reimbursement that stated that he was living in Chicago and driving to Wisconsin for care. In addition, he submitted over 30 other false medical claims to Veterans Affairs. He also submitted a false marriage certificate that stated that he and his girlfriend were married so that she and her children could receive medical care through the VA. Finally, he lied in order to receive disability benefits for his girlfriend and her children.
The Navy veteran pleaded guilty to the charges.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.