|U.S. Department Of Veterans
Office of Inspector General
South Central Field Office
4040 N. Central Expwy, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75204-3158
|Thursday, September 30, 2004|
|Navy Personnel Clerk Indicted|
|John McDermott, Special Agent in
Charge, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Inspector General
(OIG), announced today that in United States District Court, for the
Northern District of Texas, located in Dallas, Texas, Sambau Mau was
sentenced to thirty months in prison and ordered to pay $348,653.16 in
restitution. Following his release from prison, Mau will also have to
serve 36 months under a supervised release program.
McDermott stated that the conviction of Mau resulted from an investigation conducted by his South Central Field Office. The investigation revealed that Mau had developed a scheme to defraud the VA by fraudulently obtaining Education Benefits under the VA Tuition Assistance program for active duty members of the United States military. Mau used personal information from United States Navy servicemen to apply for and receive these benefits without their knowledge. Additionally, Mau conspired with other members of the United States Navy to defraud the VA by purporting that these members were furthering their education by attending classes, when, in fact, they were only interested in obtaining the VA benefits.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas, Texas, prosecuted this case.