Six military veterans from Maryland pleaded guilty to fraud charges
this week in a scheme to obtain federal military benefits and state tax
breaks with faked documentation claiming they were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.
The veterans allegedly paid thousands of dollars in cash to David
Clark, the former deputy chief of veterans claims in the state
Department of Veterans Affairs Office, in exchange for $1.4 million in
fraudulent benefits and tax breaks, prosecutors said.
The veterans, some of whom never even served in Vietnam, are from multiple branches of the military, the indictment says.