The Veterans Administration (VA) exists to help sick, injured, and disabled vets get the help they need to live happy and productive lives. America owes it to them to see that they get it for all the sacrifices they have made for us.
Without the VA, many veterans would be left with debilitating illnesses, medical problems, and other issues that no person should have to deal with on their own. But when the VA fails them, where do they turn?
VA fiduciary Glenn P. Pearson, formerly a sergeant with the Whitman, Massachusetts Police Department, has committed unconscionable crimes against the American veterans he was supposed to be helping.
The Daily Caller has more:
Former police sergeant Glenn P. Pearson pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling funds from disabled veterans in the course of preparing false tax returns.
Pearson, who formerly served as a police sergeant in Whitman, Mass., also pleaded guilty to wire fraud, preparing false tax returns, obstructing tax laws and misappropriating funds.
“Glenn Pearson took advantage of disabled military veterans who could not manage their own financial affairs, by diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in VA payments to his personal benefit,” said Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg in a release from the Department of Justice.
“He then used his tax preparation business to generate more than $1.5 million in bogus refunds and obstructed IRS audits looking into the fraudulent returns he prepared. Today, Pearson is held fully accountable for his abuse of trust and fraudulent conduct.”
As a fiduciary, Pearson was expected to help disabled veterans manage their funds when they are unable to do it themselves because of mental incompetence or other problems:
The point of fiduciaries is to help disabled veterans manage their funds when they are unable to do so because of mental incompetence, infirmities or other issues. The fiduciary receives the veteran’s funds and is tasked with managing them appropriately.
Pearson misappropriated and embezzled more than $250,000 of benefit funds by raiding the accounts of disabled veterans.
It is very sad when veterans who have given so much to America are taken advantage of in this way. Veterans deserve every advantage, blessing, and benefit our society can give them. People like Pearson should never be able to abuse them the way he has! The VA, evidently, still may have a way to go before they can weed out the crooks and we see the improvements it needs!
Source: The Daily Caller