Federal authorities filed charges against a Temple couple and a Killeen resident for their roles in a scheme to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs of approximately $250,000.
They have been identified as 55-year-old Christopher Sebek, 55-year-old Melissa Sebek and 55-year-old Jeffrey Pearson.
Sebek and Pearson are both charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and one count of theft of government property. Sebek has a separate, but related charge – one count of theft of government property.
Sebek and Pearson entered into an agreement to steal money from the VAMC beginning in Frebruary 2012 – according to court records. Over a five-year period, they allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices to VAMC for payment purportedly for goods and services designated for VAMC.
Sebek also presented bogus invoices to VAMC from his wife’s company. Those invoices, however, were used by Sebek to pay for personal items and to cover Pearson’s 30 percent commission on each invoice. Court records also allege Sebek stole two VAMC credit cards and used them to pay for personal expenses.
Upon conviction, the defendants face up to five years in federal prison on the conspiracy charge and up to ten years in federal prison on the theft charge. All three will receive summonses for their Initial Appearance in federal court in Waco. The VA-OIG investigated this case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Gloff is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice