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Former veteran’s hospital nurse pleads guilty to collecting $2 million in unemployment benefits

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) — A former Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Medical Center nurse pleaded guilty on Tuesday to allegedly stealing more than $2 million in COVID-19 unemployment benefits from multiple state agencies.

Heather Huffman, 52, and her co-conspirators submitted fake jobless claims under different names, including fabricated employment and salary histories and contact details from April 2020 to at least March 2021.

Huffman and his co-conspirators, Sheldon L. Huffman, Anthowan Daniels and Dorothea Rosado, shared personally identifying information about identity theft victims and detainees, created and maintained email accounts for bogus applicants and falsified and falsified various documents – including state and federal salaries. and tax forms – to substantiate incorrect information in submitted Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims.

Once their fraudulent unemployment insurance claims were approved, the four would file false unemployment certificates weekly to obtain additional unemployment insurance benefits from state labor agencies.

During the plot, Huffman was a registered nurse at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans’ Medical Center in Richmond. She used her work computer to submit unemployment insurance claims to state labor agencies, among others. In total, Huffman and his co-conspirators secured more than $2 million in unemployment insurance benefits for workers who have been out of work during the pandemic.

Huffman is the fourth and final member of the conspiracy to plead guilty. His sentencing is November 29. She faces a maximum sentence of 32 years and a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in prison.

Sheldon Huffman, Daniels and Rosado pleaded guilty for their role in the scheme and will also be sentenced in November.

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