Sabattus man gets 5 years probation, $1,500 fine for faking VA travel vouchers

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Sabattus man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to five years of probation, the maximum allowed, for falsifying travel vouchers submitted for mileage to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Togus.

James Patrick Hallowell, 37, waived indictment in February and pleaded guilty to one count of theft of VA travel benefits, according to information posted on the court system’s website.

In addition to probation, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ordered Hallowell to pay a $1,500 fine and $3,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Hallowell submitted 21 claims for roundtrips from Littleton to Togus, according to the prosecution’s version of events to which he pleaded guilty. He submitted four claims for one-way trips from Littleton to Togus and one claim for round-trip travel from Sabattus to Togus.

An investigator for the VA could not find any residence or other structure at 156 Foxcroft in Littleton, the address where Hallowell said he was traveling from to receive treatment at the Togus facility, according to court documents.

The distance from Littleton to Togus is 190 miles one way, according to www.mapquest.com. The distance from Sabattus to Togus is 26 miles.

Hallowell faced up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

 

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