Son arraigned for embezzling $200K from disabled dad's VA account

Julia LeDoux
July 24, 2020 - 8:20 am

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A man has been arraigned for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his disabled father’s VA account, according to the Department of Justice.

In a release, the DOJ announced that William Dorsey, Jr., 42, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been arraigned for embezzling over $200,000 from William Dorsey, Sr. 's beneficiary account funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs 

 “We are focused on preventing and punishing the exploitation and abuse of our most vulnerable citizens,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. 

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Dorsey, Jr. signed a fiduciary agreement arranging to manage his father’s VA benefit payments on May 10, 2010, according to charging documents and other information presented in court. The elder Dorsey is a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia who lives in a secure medical facility.

“William Dorsey, Sr., is wheel-chair bound, cannot communicate and requires total assistance with his daily activities,” the release states.

 Dorsey, Jr., agreed to spend the VA benefit funds only for his father’s daily needs, to never comingle funds, to never withdraw cash from the account, and to keep accurate records and receipts.

“However, by the time he was removed as fiduciary seven years later in May 2017, banking records indicate all of these conditions had been violated, including the direct transfer of money from his father’s account to his own personal account."

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During this same time period, nursing staff reported that Dorsey, Sr., only needed approximately $50-$100 to cover expenses each month, and that William Dorsey, Jr., commonly provided items of inferior quality, such as used oversized clothing and half-empty bottles of shampoo. According to one social worker supervisor, the attending nurses felt compelled on occasion to buy “basic necessities” for Dorsey, Sr., out of their own pocket.

“Fiduciaries assume a solemn duty to care for veterans who served their country through their military service and now are unable to care for themselves,” said David Spilker, Special Agent in Charge, VA Office of Inspector General.

The case is being investigated by the VA's Office of the Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott McAfee is prosecuting. 

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