Friday, September 12, 2014

Navy Employee Sentenced in Travel Scam

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

A former Navy employee from Millington was sentenced to eight months in federal prison Thursday for filing false travel claims using the identities of family members of dead sailors.

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Donna Lorraine Brown, 45, used the scam to net $22,500.19. She will have to pay all of that money back to the Navy as a part of her sentence, according to Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

Brown filed 19 false travel claims between June 2012 and March 2013 as she worked for the Navy assigned to the Navy Personnel Command Onboard Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington.

She would file for travel reimbursement money from the Navy using the personal identification information, like Social Security numbers, of family members of deceased Navy sailors. Brown would then deposit the money into banking accounts controlled by her or her family members.

Her prison sentence will be followed by one year of supervised release with two months of home confinement and electronic monitoring.

The case was investigated by the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service. She was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman.

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