Ex-Togus worker indicted for fraud, lying

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 16, 2010, at 12:31 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted a Michigan man for fraudulently receiving government benefits while he worked at Togus Veterans Center.

Mark Stephen Palmquist, 43, of Menominee, Mich., also allegedly lied about his criminal background when he got his first government job with the post office in 2006. He was convicted of assault and battery on June 4, 2001, according to court documents, but on his application said he had never been convicted of a crime.

Palmquist is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Bangor on Friday, Sept. 24, on four charges: making a false and fraudulent statement, theft of government property, fraudulent receipt of Veterans’ Affairs services and 21 counts of wire fraud.

He worked as a patient representative at Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center from November 2006 to March 2010 and allegedly continued to allow his medical benefits to be used by his ex-wife’s child after the couple divorced.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the most serious charge of wire fraud.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/09/16/news/extogus-worker-indicted-for-fraud-lying/ printed on July 11, 2014