VAOIG Seal U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
Office of Inspector General
Columbia Resident Agency
P.O. Box 9232
Columbia, SC 29290
(727) 319-1215
Wednesday, November 07, 2001
North Carolinian Indicted for Obtaining Credit in Veteran's Names
Kenneth R. Atkins, Special Agent in Charge, Southeast Field Office, Office of Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs, (VA) today announced that Bruce L. Milligan was indicted by the Cumberland County grand jury, Fayetteville, NC for Financial Identity Fraud.

Milligan, a resident of Fayetteville, NC, fraudulently and with criminal intent, obtained the identifying data of more than a dozen veterans and used the information to obtain credit cards and other instruments in their names. Atkins explained that these incidents took place in 2000 and created credit problems for the veterans as well as financial losses for the credit card companies.

Atkins stated that the indictment resulted from a joint inquiry conducted by his Columbia Resident Agency, the Fayetteville Police Department and the VA Police and Security Service at VAMC Fayetteville, NC. If convicted, Milligan could be sentenced to 112 years in prison.

This case is being prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office, Twelfth Judicial District, Fayetteville, NC. A trial date has not yet been set.