Bradford man sentenced to probation for lying to VA about selling scrap metal

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, at 1:52 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 27, 2012, at 8:33 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bradford man was sentenced Monday to two years of probation in U.S. District Court for lying about his income while receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Angus J. Brasslett Jr., 64, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock to pay a $500 fine and nearly $7,000 in restitution.

Brasslet earned extra money selling scrap metal to at least five different recycling businesses but did not report it to VA officials, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty.

He waived indictment and pleaded guilty to theft of government property on Nov. 22.

Brasslet received a 40 percent disability rating and received VA pension benefits, according to the prosecution version. Court documents do not describe the disability for which he received payments between September 2006 and September 2010.

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