Two Memphis men sentenced to prison for embezzling disabled veterans www.privateofficer.com
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Dec 30 2011— Federal prosecutors say two Memphis men were sentenced to three years in prison each for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from disabled veterans’ benefits accounts.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis said in a statement Thursday that 75-year-old Jack Perry, a former court-appointed fiduciary, and 67-year-old Robert Tabbutt, a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Field Examiner, were accused of stealing $896,000 from 10 different accounts over nearly a decade.
Prosecutors said Perry diverted funds from the accounts and both men used them for personal use such as making cable and utility bill payments. The office said the two also gambled large sums of the embezzled money in casinos in Tunica, Miss., in an attempt to recover previously spent funds and conceal the scheme.