10th Circ. Affirms Ex-VA Worker's 16-Year Fraud Sentence

By Craig Clough (July 9, 2021, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Friday affirmed a 16-year sentence for a former Veterans Health Administration employee and four offense levels being added to his sentencing guidelines because the scam topped more than $20 million, finding no error in the lower court's refusal to recognize purported benefits patients received at bogus agencies.

Because the total amount that Joseph Prince intended to defraud the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of was just over $20 million, his offense level was boosted higher than had the total amount been under the threshold, according to the three-judge panel's unanimous opinion.

Prince's scam involved setting up...

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