VA attempts to recoup money paid to veterans in prison

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BY NIKKI WENTLING

The Department of Veterans Affairs is billing veterans who were incarcerated at any time since 2008 for benefits they received – but shouldn’t have – while in prison, a VA official said Tuesday.

Beth Murphy, an official with the Veterans Benefits Administration, faced a congressional subcommittee Tuesday, three months after the VA inspector general’s office found VA employees failed to reduce benefits payments to veterans who were incarcerated in federal, state or local institutions, as federal law requires. The failure on the part of the VA to alter benefits led to $104 million in overpayments from May 2008 to June 2015.

After the IG initiated the review, the VA started to collect.

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