Officials: Man pretended to be Marine, defrauded VA $123K

Date Published: 
January 11, 2017
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Public and Indian Housing

(Source: A man was indicted in federal court Tuesday on allegations he defrauded the Department of Veteran Affairs more than $123,000 between April of 2015 and October of 2016, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

Shawn Oliger, 43, of Cincinnati, said he served in the Marine Corps from 1990 to 1993 and applied for disability compensation, medical care and housing, according to the affidavit filed in by Todd Springer, a special agent with the VA.

Springer said he learned on April 17, 2015 that Oliger filed the VA forms, but he was unable to verify Oliger's military service.

Later that year in November, Oliger applied for health benefits with the VA at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center...