Carlsbad man is sentenced for fraudulent VA claims

Veterans Health Care
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad man has been ordered to pay more than $13,000 in restitution for submitting fraudulent claims to the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque.

Prosecutors say 57-year-old William Arviso also was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Santa Fe to two years of probation.

They say Arviso pleaded guilty last November to 10 counts of theft of government property.

Arviso admitted that he submitted false travel claims to the VAMC from Sept. 27, 2011 through Jan. 25, 2012 and received monetary reimbursement for travel that he was not entitled to.

Prosecutors say the $13,613 in restitution represents the money Arviso fraudulently obtained from the VAMC.

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