Fort Dodge, Iowa- I get emails sometimes telling me that Stolen Valor is a victim-less crime, this proves that it isn’t. Lynette Rachelle Ladd defrauded the Department of Veterans Affairs out of almost $10,000 in benefits over a year, by claiming to be a Veteran when she has never served a day in her life.
She made false statements to the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs and fraudulently obtained free and/or subsidized healthcare benefits from the VA Medical Center located at 2419 2nd Ave. N. in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I have to assume she also turned in some type of documentation, as I have never seen the VA admit someone on just their word they were a Veteran.
The total value of the VA benefits fraudulently obtained by the Defendant was $9,431.91, and included, but was not limited to, inpatient services, outpatient services, and prescriptions.
She has never served in the military, and was not eligible to receive VA benefits. So real Veterans and the Tax payer are the victims here, and this is happening more often as people learn to forge DD214’s and other Military documents.
Here are the court records:
She was sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay back the benefits she received from the VA, so with good behavior she will be out in about 2 years. When someone commits Stolen Valor to this extent, everyone loses, including the American tax payer, and real Veterans that need the help!
Fraudulent Practices in the Second Degree is a class “D” felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison, and the Judge gave her the max. This case was investigated by the Criminal Investigations Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General.