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Man pleads guilty to embezzling more than $80K of brother's veterans benefits

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Published: Nov. 14, 2018 at 1:34 PM EST
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A man from Huntington is facing prison time for embezzling more than $80,000 from a veteran -- and not just any veteran -- his own brother.

David Washington, 55, pleaded guilty to the crime Tuesday.

The FBI and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General handled the case.

Washington became his brother's trustee, receiving and managing his benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Investigators say they became suspicious when Washington failed to turn in accounting reports. He later admitted to "mismanagement, including spending his brother's benefits for his own personal expenses."

It all added up to more than $81,000 in "misappropriated" money.

“Our veterans have sacrificed enough and have earned every dollar this country provides them through benefit programs,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “It’s despicable to think that anyone, much less a family member, would steal benefits from a veteran for their own personal use.”

Washington's sentencing is scheduled for February of 2019. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

United States District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the plea hearing. Assistant United States Attorneys Gabe Wohl and R. Gregory McVey handled the prosecution.

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