Jacksonville Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds Targeting Veterans

Tamiko L. Williams, a 48-year-old resident of Jacksonville, has pleaded guilty to theft of government money, according to United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg. Williams faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, with a sentencing date yet to be scheduled. As part of her plea agreement, Williams has agreed to forfeit $103,820, the proceeds of her criminal conduct.

Court documents reveal that between December 2019 and April 2022, Williams acted as a fiduciary for Veterans Affairs (VA) funds intended to benefit her disabled family member. During this period, Williams made significant cash withdrawals from the fiduciary account, using the money for personal expenses until her removal from the account in April 2022.

David Spilker, Special Agent in Charge with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General’s Southeast Field Office, stated, “Today’s guilty plea sends a clear message that the VA OIG will vigorously investigate those who steal from vulnerable veterans who are unable to manage their financial affairs.” He expressed appreciation for the support of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in combatting fraud within the VA’s Fiduciary Program.

The investigation into this case was conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General’s Southeast Field Office and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Brenna Falzetta is prosecuting the case, with Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Harrington handling the forfeiture proceedings.

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