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Huntington man gets year in prison for VA benefits theft

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A Huntington man who pleaded guilty to stealing military benefits related to post traumatic stress disorder has been sentenced to a year and a day in a federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers sentenced 61-year-old Darryl Hodgkinson on Thursday in Huntington for theft of public money.

Prosecutors say Hodgkinson falsified his service record in Vietnam, including combat awards, citations and experiences, in applying for Veterans Affairs benefits he wasn't entitled to receive.

He received nearly $325,000 in benefits from 2001 to 2010.

The judge also ordered him to pay the money back.

Chambers called the defendant's conduct offensive and said it deprived other veterans of money they need and deserve.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says lying about a service record is reprehensible.

 


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