Veterans

Man admits stealing $265K in VA checks meant for dead man

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A northwest Ohio man has admitted to stealing $265,000 in Department of Veterans Affairs disability checks meant for a man who died in 2006.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 46-year-old Dewey Darby pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to theft of public money. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the Toledo man was a caregiver for 80-year-old Donald Strauser and had a bank account in both of their names. Strauser died in 2006, but the VA kept sending checks for eight years that Darby used for his personal use.

The VA says the investigation started when the agency realized Strauser was dead.

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