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Fake dog trainer nailed for scamming veterans


Last updated 6/23/2021 at 10:03am

I’ll admit, after reading about so many Department of Veterans Affairs-related crimes over the years, this is a new one. A judge has sentenced a Texas resident to 10 years in prison for scamming the VA out of a lot of money ... for fake dog-and handler-training courses.

The scammer defrauded the VA by submitting 185 claims for courses that were supposed to train dogs and their handlers. Each course cost between $6,500 and $12,000.

On his application to create a training program that veterans could attend and use their education benefits, he lied. He listed the names and certifications of...

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