Man pleads guilty to submitting false Albuquerque VA claims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A man accused of submitting false and fraudulent claims to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque has pleaded guilty in the case.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Tomas Jaramillo entered his plea Friday in federal court.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Jaramillo will be sentenced to five years of probation and must pay nearly $11,500 in restitution to the VAMC as the victim of his crimes.

Jaramillo was indicted in September for submitting 173 fraudulent vouchers to collect payments for roundtrip travel to attend medical appointments from June 2009 through July 2010.

Jaramillo admitted that he travelled to the VAMC in Bernalillo County to obtain medical treatment and falsely claimed that he traveled from Socorro to do so and received $11,439 in travel reimbursements.

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