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7:57 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Guilty Plea in VA Theft

Muskogee, OK – Checotah, Okla., man pleads guilty to VA theft

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The U.S. attorney's office at Tulsa says a 36-year-old Checotah man has entered a guilty plea to a charge of theft or embezzlement of public money that accused him of fraudulently obtaining $45,000 in education benefits from the federal Veterans Affairs Department.

A news release from the federal prosecutor's office Tuesday said Shane Miller had entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder at Muskogee.

Miller was indicted on the charge in December, along with Daniel Rosson, an employee of the VA Department.

Both men are free on bond. Miller is to be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence report. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined as much as $250,000.