Former VA nurse accused of stealing $72,000 in workers' compensation

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A former nurse with the Veteran’s Administration was indicted on Tuesday for allegedly taking over $72,000 of workers’ compensation that she was not entitled to, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

62-year-old Linda Sue Parnell of Syracuse allegedly submitted false claims for reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs for more than five years.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Parnell submitted false claims that she attended the YMCA of Greater Syracuse for physical rehabilitation, when she did not.

These claims caused her to receive more than $72,000 in workers’ compensation that she was not entitled to.

Parnell was charged with four counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government money.

If convicted, Parnell faces up to 20 years in prison.

She also could be subject to a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to three years on each of the five criminal charges.

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