Veteran's Service Bookkeeper Sentenced to 2 Years for Stealing $800,000

A former veterans services organization bookkeeper who plead guilty to embezzling close to $800,000 has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Cynthia Tanner, 54, of Darien, pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion after embezzling around $800,000 from the National Veterans Service Fund and using the funds to instead pay for various personal expenses for her family and family members.

The NVSF was established to manage social services and limited medical assistance to Vietnam and Persian Gulf War veterans and their families with a focus on families with disabled children. 

According to the U.S. attorney's office, Tanner altered records to conceal her scheme and falsely claimed the money was being paid to veterans from 2009 to 2014.

Tanner pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion.

She has been ordered to report to prison on Aug. 30 and has been sentenced to two years, followed by three years of supervised release.  

She was also ordered to pay full restitution to the fund, as well as back taxes, interest and penalties.

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