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Jury Convicts Former Social Worker of Defrauding The Department of Veterans Affairs and Obstructing Justice
Date:3/13/2009

WASHINGTON, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A former Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) social work associate was convicted yesterday by a jury on four counts of honest services mail fraud, violating the criminal conflict of interest statute and making a false statement to agency officials, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin and U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias of the Northern District of Georgia announced.

On Nov. 14, 2006, Bridgette L. Davidson, 37, and her ex-boyfriend, Darrick O. Frazier, 33, both of Atlanta, were charged in a six-count indictment alleging that the two created and engaged in a scheme to defraud the VA of Davidson's honest services. Davidson was also charged with one count of violating the conflict of interest statue and one count of making a false statement to VA officials investigating the fraudulent scheme. On Sept. 2, 2008, Frazier pleaded guilty to one count of honest services mail fraud and entered into a plea agreement with the government. In December 2008, he was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison and ordered to pay $20,200 in restitution.

According to court documents, from September 2000 through September 2002, Davidson was employed as a social work associate with the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Among her duties, Davidson was entrusted with finding suitable housing and living arrangements for mentally ill and disabled military veterans. According to evidence presented at trial, rather than place the veterans entrusted to her care in independently owned and licensed assisted living facilities, from November 2001 through mid-April 2002, Davidson, assisted by Frazier, secretly rented a home in Marietta, Ga., a city located several miles northwest of Atlanta, to house the mentally ill and disabled military veterans in exchange for monthly federal subsidy payments. During this time, trial evidence showed that Davidson falsely represented to VA officials and to the m
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