A 56-year-old woman was sentenced to prison on Tuesday for embezzling money from disabled veterans.
Connie Hanson was sentenced to 55 months in prison for embezzling about almost $1 million from 33 disabled veterans. At the time, she was acting as their appointed fiduciary.
Hanson pleaded guilty on July 31, 2009, to a one-count information that charged her with making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to conceal her embezzlement from the veterans.
According to her plea agreement, Hanson took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the bank accounts of the veterans with whom she worked and used that money to support her gambling habit.
Hanson also admitted that in an attempt to cover up her embezzlement, she submitted a false federal fiduciary’s accounting to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As part of her sentence, Hanson agreed to make restitution to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, and a bonding company that has reimbursed the veterans for the losses caused by the defendant.