Benefit theft sentence: prison, drug treatment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal prosecutor in New Orleans says a Mandeville man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for his fraudulent receipt of Veterans Administration benefits.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite’s (poh-LEET’s) Thursday news release says the man, 54-year-old Ricky P. Templet, also was ordered to undergo drug treatment once released from prison.

Templet was convicted of theft of government funds after investigators determined that he collected VA checks meant for his mother. He failed to notify VA officials that his mother had died in 2013.

Polite’s news release says that, in addition to prison time and a drug treatment requirement, Templet must repay more than $16,000.


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