VA worker stole $11,000 from wheelchair bound veteran

Michelle Dolge
September 05, 2019 - 3:50 pm
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A nursing assistant at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to eight months in jail for stealing $11,000 from a wheelchair-bound veteran.

Jacoya Brazzle, 31, was working as a nursing assistant at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Coatesville, Penn., where she was assigned care for a veteran who used a wheelchair. During the course of caring for him, Brazzle found out the vet's PIN for his ATM card, and used the card to withdraw the money over the two months he was in her care.

“Our veterans deserve our gratitude for their service, and it goes without saying that they deserve safe and trustworthy care at VA Medical Centers,” said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. “The defendant’s conduct here – stealing from a wheelchair-bound veteran in her care – is reprehensible. My office will investigate and prosecute any crimes against veterans to the fullest extent possible.”

“VA employees that take advantage of vulnerable veterans in their care will not be tolerated,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean J. Smith, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, Northeast Field Office.

Brazzle will serve eight months in jail, plus five years probation. She was ordered to pay back all the money.

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