Madison Man Sentenced For Defrauding Veterans Affairs Department
A 44-year-old Madison man was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sergio Guaderrama pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 2, according to a Western District of Wisconsin Department of Justice news release.
Guaderrama, a Navy veteran, was collecting VA disability benefits and he received medical care at VA Medical Centers. While living in Madison, Guaderrama would attend appointments at the VA Medical Center in Madison, yet claim that he had traveled from Chicago, according to the release.
Guaderrama would then submit false mileage reimbursement forms. He submitted a total of 54 fraudulent claims for travel reimbursement.
In 2008, Guaderrama also submitted a falsified marriage certificate to the VA so that his girlfriend and her children would also receive VA medical care. In total, Guaderrama submitted 34 fraudulent medical claims. Guaderrama also fraudulently received disability benefits for his girlfriend and her children.
Guaderrama was ordered to pay $20,366.97 in restitution to the VA, according to the release.