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Prosecutors: Former VA nurse took $72k in benefits she wasn't entitled to

Onondaga County

A former nurse for the Veteran's Administration is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in benefits prosecutors say she wasn't entitled to.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Linda Sue Parnell, 62, of Syracuse was arraigned Monday on an indictment that charged her with four counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government money. After her arraignment, Parnell was released pending a trial.

Prosecutors say Parnell is accused of submitting false claims for reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs for more than five years.

The indictment against Parnell alleges she submitted fraudulent claims that she traveled to the YMCA of Greater Syracuse for physical rehabilitation. Prosecutors claim Parnell made no such trips and received $72,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

If convicted, Parnell faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud and up to 10 years in prison for the theft of government money charge. A convicted could also come with a fine up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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