A Wayne man was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation and fined $8,000 for theft of public money in U.S. District Court in Bangor, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

In addition to the fine, Lawrence A. Stewart, 48, was ordered to pay $53,852 in restitution to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, which he paid prior to sentencing. He pleaded guilty in April.

Stewart received disability compensation based on unemployability when he had a job, repeatedly provided falsified documents and underreported the extent of his employment and income, according to court documents that outlined his activity from October 2011 to January 2015. The investigation was conducted by the VA Office of the Inspector General.

“By taking money you were not entitled to, you took it from the sole agency whose purpose it is to serve veterans,” Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. told the defendant before imposing the sentence, according to the release.


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