Monday, August 03, 2009

Woman Embezzled $1M From Veterans

A 55-year-old Apple Valley woman has admitted to embezzling about $1 million from veterans in order to support a gambling habit. Connie Marie Hanson pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court to one count of making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to conceal her embezzlement.Hanson was an appointed fiduciary for 33 veterans. In her plea agreement, she admitted to taking money from the veterans' bank accounts between 2006 and 2008. She also admitted to filing false documents to cover up the embezzlement. Hanson faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced at a later date.