W. Pa. reservist faked papers to receive VA pay

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Air Force reservist forged a document to make it appear he was being deployed to active duty so he could continue receiving pay from his full-time job with the Veterans Administration health system in Pittsburgh.

Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say that cost the VA about $14,000.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/12jva8O ) reports 42-year-old Richard Ward, of McDonald, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the ruse which began in August 2011.

Prosecutors say Ward forged the document using an actual deployment order he received in 2006 so he could still draw his VA pay while taking a job managing Robinson Township, a Pittsburgh suburb in neighboring Washington County.

Ward was a chaplain’s assistant with the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Findley Township. Air Force officials say the 18-year veteran technical sergeant is being discharged.

Ward declined comment after his court appearance.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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