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Fresno Woman Accused Of Stealing From VA

In Fresno, California Nora Collins, 59, has been indicted on charges she stole benefits paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the court filings, Ms. Collins' husband was receiving veterans benefits until he died in 2007. She allegedly never informed the VA of her husband's death. Instead she allegedly continued to receive these checks, forged his signature, and cashed them at a convenience store telling the store clerk her husband was disabled and unable to cash them himself. All told, she allegedly took $76,998 in veterans benefits. If convicted she could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. As the saying goes, "if she did the crime, she should do the time."

If you believe a veteran has been the victim of fraud there are several things you can do. You can call the Department of Veterans Affairs’ hotline at (800) 488-8244. You can also write the VA hotline at: VA Inspector General Hotline (53E), P.O. Box 50410, Washington, DC 20091-0410; or email your concern to The VA Hotline handles various complaints including veteran abuse, employee misconduct, theft from VA beneficiaries, and false claims.