Kevin Creed

A Litchfield, Connecticut attorney pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing $1.4 million from the charity he founded to support families of military veterans.

Kevin Creed, 67, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to wire fraud for the scheme in federal court in New Haven, the U.S. attorney's office announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.

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30th Armored Brigade Combat Team Bradley Fighting Vehicle scans for its moment of opportunity to attack opposing forces in Ujen Military Training Village at the National Training Center on Ft. Irwin, CA July 14, 2019 as part of Operation Hickory Sting. (U.S. Army/Spc. Brianna Lawrence)

A career Fort Worth defense contractor who spent time in prison for lying to the government is in trouble again for similar conduct, which investigators say could have compromised troop safety and led to the disclosure of U.S. technology secrets to foreign governments.

Ross Hyde, 63, has been charged in federal court with making false claims about the type of aluminum he provided under a contract for aircraft landing gear, court records show. He faces up to five years in prison, if convicted.

Hyde, a machinist, has said in court documents that he's worked in the industry all his life. His latest company, Vista Machining Co., has supplied the Pentagon with parts for tanks, aircraft and other military equipment — mostly hardware and machined metals — since 2008. But inspectors said many of his products were cheap replacements, some illegally obtained from China, which he tried to hide from the government.

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Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

A phony home care businessman has pleaded guilty to paying more than $1 million in bribes to a Veterans Affairs employee, who allegedly set up an elaborate scheme to defraud the VA's benefits program for children diagnosed with spina bifida of nearly $20 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver.

In his guilty plea, Roland Brown, 58, of Clearwater, Florida, admitted to being long-time friends with the employee and to working with him to set up a bogus home care company called Legacy Home Health, whose purpose was to submit false claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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(U.S. Army/Spc. Peter Seidler)

Three former U.S. Army Special Forces members have been sentenced for embezzling funds while deployed as a team in Afghanistan, a report given to Congress stated Tuesday.

Court records show a fourth soldier was sentenced at a separate date from the three referenced in the report, and a fifth soldier is disputing the charge.

The soldiers were accused of taking funds from the Commander's Emergency Response Program, stated the report given to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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A man who falsely represented his military service to target Marine Corps families in a charity scheme was sentenced to federal prison Monday, prosecutors said.

John Simpson founded Marines & Mickey, a charitable organization with Beaufort ties that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from Marine families and private donors under the pretense that all of the money would go to help send Marine families to Disney World or boot camp graduations at Parris Island and San Diego, California.

Instead, Simpson took most of the money for personal use, the U.S. Attorney's South Carolina district office said.

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