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June 18, 2020

Franklinton Man Pleads Guilty to Veterans Affairs Theft

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Daniel Vanslyke, age 34 and of  Franklinton,
Louisiana, pleaded guilty today (June 18, 2020) to one count of theft of government funds, before U.S, District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

According to the factual basis and charging document, Vanslyke knowingly stole money of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that did not belong to him of approximately $46,000. Vanslyke misappropriated funds that were being paid to his father, a legitimate veteran, after his father passed away.

In the Factual Basis for the plea, prosecutors state that an investigation was initiated in September of 2016 based on an anonymous complaint; Michael Vanslyke, Daniel Vanslyke's father, was entitled to benefits and received the benefits by direct deposits to his bank account; Michael Vanslyke died in November of 2015; while Michael Vanslyke was in the hospital, Daniel Vanslyke took possession of his father's wallet;  Daniel Vanslyke accessed Michael Vanslyke's account by using Michael Vanslyke's debit card and diverted the funds for his own use. Click here to read the Factual Basis.

Sentencing will be held on September 16, 2020. At that time, Vanslyke faces a sentence of up to ten (10) years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines, and up to three (3) years of supervised release. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General for their investigation of the matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera is in charge of the prosecution.

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