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A former Veterans Affairs employee is facing six years in prison after it was revealed he traded veterans’ personal information in exchange for crack cocaine.
David Lewis pleaded guilty in December to charges that he traded the personal information — including names, Social Security numbers and medical information — of more than 100 veterans for crack cocaine.
Prosecutors said that Lewis — a former employee at the Tampa James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital — knew that those buying the information would use it to commit tax fraud.
“Stealing and selling the identity of a war hero is as low as it gets,” said Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.
In an announcement Monday, the Justice Department said Lewis will serve six years in prison and must repay more than $105,000. The VA said it is paying for credit monitoring of the victims.
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Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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