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Former Green Bay man sentenced for defrauding VA

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GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A former Green Bay man has been sentenced to prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of more than $200,000.

According to prosecutors, Dean Young, 60, misled doctors at VA offices in order to collect pension and compensation benefits. Prosecutors say:

One such claim stemmed from an August 30, 2013, VA doctor appointment during which Young claimed he required use of a wheelchair and that he could only walk a few steps due to extreme back pain. Following the appointment, the VA doctor observed Young walk across the VA parking lot without use of the wheelchair and with a normal gait. Young then folded up his wheelchair and placed it in his car. Further, law enforcement obtained video of Young that same day walking down the hallway of his apartment complex and standing in the elevator while carrying a box, all without the aid of a wheelchair or cane.

Young, who now lives in Milwaukee, reached a plea agreement in the case.

Young was sentenced to a year and nine months in federal prison, followed by three years supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $201,521.41 in restitution.

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