|U.S. Department Of Veterans
Office of Inspector General
South Central Field Office
4040 N. Central Expwy, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75204-3158
|Monday, May 12, 2003|
|Former VA Nurse Receives 18 Months Imprisonment|
|John McDermott, Special Agent in
Charge, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General
(IG), announced today that in United States District Court, for the
Southern District of Mississippi, which is located in Jackson, MS,
Shirley Hines, a former Registered Nurse at the VA Medical Center in
Jackson, MS, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. Following her
release from prison, Hines will have to serve three years probation.
Hines was also ordered to pay $202,929 in restitution to the VA in
connection with her theft of VA Dependency & Indemnity Compensation
McDermott stated that the Sentencing of Hines resulted from an investigation by his New Orleans, LA, Resident Office. The Investigation revealed that Hines fraudulently received VA DIC benefits for almost 30 years and failed to notify the VA of the changes in her marital status. Continued entitlement to VA benefits was contingent upon Hines’ marital status. Because Hines failed to notify the VA of her remarriage, she became disqualified for continued receipt of VA benefits.
Assistant United States Attorney Harold Brittain, of Jackson, MS, prosecuted this case.