Keith Hudson pleads guilty to VA fraud

| June 27, 2018

70-year-old Keith Hudson pleaded guilty of defrauding the Department of Veterans’ Affairs of $197,237 in benefits after falsely claiming to be a military veteran of combat in Vietnam according to the Department of Justice.

Court documents presented during the hearing established that in 2015, Mr. Hudson applied to the VA in Charleston for benefits. He used a falsified form from the Department of Defense, called a DD-214, (“Report of Separation from Active Duty”) which is a Department of Defense form given to members of the military who are separating from service. In the form, he said that was a veteran of the war in Vietnam. He represented that he was in the Navy and saw combat as a medic, suffering wounds and other trauma. He claimed that he served from August 1, 1967 through October 31, 1971 and said that he received two Purple Hearts.

The investigation conducted by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) showed that this DD-214 was forged and false. For instance, Mr. Hudson’s rank was listed as HN and E-4 (in the United States Navy, HN is actually the equivalent of E-3). In the awards section, it stated that he received a Combat Medic Badge. However, this is an award which is only given for service in the United States Army. It also did not list the proper citation for a Purple Heart. And the form stated Mr. Hudson received the Fleet Marine Force Medal with Marine Device. There is no such medal. It also had a stamp from the Alaska State Defense Force, which is suspicious as that group is not an official military organization, being comprised of volunteers. Additionally, the service branches do not permit their records to be combined with or loaned to other entities, including National Guard units. And, the typeset of the Social Security number on the DD-214 was different from the rest of the document.

In fact, Mr. Hudson never was in the military.

I guess Mr. Hudson wasn’t aware that the government keeps records;

Additionally, employment records for him from 1967 through 1971 established that he worked at a variety of jobs in New York and in Maine. In two of them, he applied for employment and was fingerprinted. These fingerprints were still on file and matched his prints. As such, he was in the United States during the years 1967 through 1971. Therefore, Mr. Hudson was never in the United States Navy nor did he ever see combat in Vietnam.

The investigation also showed that he had previously been prosecuted for the same scheme using the same DD-214 form in 2005 in Connecticut, where he had been placed in a pretrial diversionary program.

United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon claims that VA fraud is on the rise;

“VA fraud is on the increase and so we are grateful for the work of the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General for their investigative work on the case.”

Statistics bear out what the United States Attorney said. Between April of 2017 and October of 2017 alone, the VA Office of Investigations made 80 arrests, and recovered $2.9 million in restitution, fines and penalties relating to things like VA health-care benefits fraud. This is more than twice the amount recovered in the same period a decade ago.

The growth of our Stolen Valor archives also bears this out.

Thanks to SJ for the tip.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    BYE BYE, BITCH!

    You thieving, lying, canyon of dinosaur shit.

    I hope you rot and die in jail with Bubba and Thor’s massive manhoods making you airtight and they they continue to defile your corpse for their own delight until they come to take away your earthly remains, for the local dumpster.

  2. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Another Navy phony. At least he didn’t claim that he was in the Engineering Dept. A lot of Snipe phonies around.

  3. Doc Savage says:

    Ah, yes…..the rare and elusive “Navy Medic” with the Combat Medic Badge…..damned near as rare as the Army Corpsman with the Combat Action Ribbon.

  4. Dustoff says:

    Gee, I wonder if I can trade in my EFMB in for a CMB, and tell people I was an “Army Corpsman” ( Sarcasm Over)

  5. RGR 4-78 says:

    Good job OIG, now get busy with the other 500,000 (est.) that need to get smacked for stealing DOVA benefits.

    • ChipNASA says:

      “Paging Wilted Willy, paging Mr. Wilted Willy, White courtesy telephone please”.

      • Thunderstixx says:

        White courtesy telephone ???
        I see what you did there…..
        DOH !!!!!

      • Wilted Willy says:

        I hear you Chip! I have been calling these bastards for over two years and they just keep telling me there is nothing they can do! By my calculations, my pos brother has scammed the VA out of over 750,000 dollars for his creative writing so far! He has made the local paper as well and still no action from these assholes! How the fuck do you get them to take on a case such as his? If you review his records, you would be amazed at all the daring feats of this lowly dental technician??? PLEASE put this fucker in JAIL!!!
        Thank you Chip,
        End of Rant!!

        • David says:

          Have a POS dead in-law cousin who took his shit claims to the grave. Next time the wife hits that cemetery, we’re taking a chisel and hammer. POw shouldn’t take that long to remove.

  6. AnotherPat says:

    This is what is so disturbing:

    “The investigation also showed that he had previously been prosecuted for the same scheme using the same DD-214 form in 2005 in Connecticut, where he had been placed in a pretrial diversionary program.”

    The article states he faces a “potential 10 year sentence”, but what is the sentence? Is South Carolina going to place him in a similiar “pretrial diversionary program”, only to have him move to another State and committ the same fraud?

    “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      I have a question. How did he rack up $197,237 when he only applied for benies in 2015? This is June 2018 and he has all ready pleaded guilty, meaning that he was charged some time ago.

      The guy is something. To answer your question, Another Pat, he learned in 2005 that, if caught, he would likely skate. We don’t know what the deal was that prompted this thief to plead guilty, but it sure as hell wasn’t with the prospect of a 10-year sentence.

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:

        I guess the benefits were retroactive.

        • rgr769 says:

          As I understand it, VA disability benefits are retroactive. But I thought the retro date was the date one first applied for them. Someone here likely knows how that works.
          Our own fave fake POW and real CSM, Richard Barr Cayton, was able to scam the VA out of about $200K in disability benefits and all he got was some diversion program. Plus, the Schantags had to mount a major campaign and get a general officer involved before the U.S. attorney’s office could be motivated to prosecute him. I still have a copy of the unit’s memorial sign-in sheet with his signature, on a date he was claiming to be held as a POW. Cayton had the same problem as this lying turd–a live human cannot be present in two separate physical locations on the planet at the same point in time.

          • AnotherPat says:

            Richard Barr Cayton had Daddy issues. His Father, Vernon, also embellished/lied about his miliary service, i.e. he told family members he was a Korean War POW. See any resemblance?

            And to this day, I really believe Ricky was responsible for the death of one of his fellow soldiers while stationed in Viet of the Nam. Just my honest opinion.

            • rgr769 says:

              Based upon what I know, as having served in the same Ranger company as he did, I can say with some basis, he was largely responsible for the deaths of two men on his LRRP team. He left the company because several men in it were threatening to kill him because of the subject incident. Although, the actual cause of their deaths was because the helicopter pilot drug the two men through the trees on ropes during a night Maguire rig extraction. That was the cause in fact of their deaths. But that night extraction was not necessary, according to the men who were there. And that is my honest opinion, as well, but there were two deaths, not one. Berger and Meyer were both killed by blunt force trauma from impact with trees.

          • Duane says:

            Benefits are retroactive to the date you initially filed your claim. He had to really pad some records to be able to even come close to the amount they are stating he received.

            • Hondo says:

              Well, the 100% rate with 1 dependent comes to well over $30k annually. So if he filed some years ago – and continued appealing and adding BS documentation until the VA caved, and they rated him 100% – he’d get compensation at the 100% rate back to the date of his original application. If that was 5 years prior and he drew bennies for a year or two being convicted, well, . . . .

              Plus, don’t forget the cost of any medical care provided since he was approved. You can rack up mucho dinero worth of medical care in a year or two.

  7. 1610desig says:

    Dude was busted in 2005 for the same lame forged DD 214? You’d think given the stakes involved that he might have got off his lazy ass and forged a more believable one….

  8. LIright47 says:

    $197,237 in benefits that could have gone to more deserving Veterans.

    Hang this SOB!

  9. HMC Ret says:

    I was both an Air Force Corpsman and Army Corpsman. The fact that I served in the Navy was to conceal my secret squirrel status. Or whatever …
    Well, that’s a bunch of bucks the government will never recover. He’ll probably be put on a repayment plan that allows him to pay back whatever he is able to, whenever he wants to. I’m thinking he’ll pay back, oh, $400 over a few years and then pass away. Had everyone done their job, he would not have gotten into the VA’s pocket to the tune of nearly $200K.

  10. RM3(SS) says:

    Gnarly old piece of shit. Fuck off and die. Or just die, your choice.

  11. Thunderstixx says:

    Makes me sick to my stomach to read about this clown…

  12. Ex-PH2 says:

    What a JERK!!!

    And to think I only go to the VA for flu shots.

    This takes away from people who really do need help. I want to kick him, but I don’t think he’d even feel it.

  13. Skyjumper says:

    VA story alert.

    About 10 years ago, I went to my County Vet Service Officer (CVSO) to see if I was eligible for hearing aides. (Brief background I was 11B in RVN & 19E/19K re-qualified later during my 21 year career. Was around a lot of things that went “BOOM” during my service time).

    He sent for & received my 201 file & medical history file from St. Louis. He sent me to a private practice audiologist and an ear doctor for evaluation. Eventually I had to go to the Milwaukee VA several times to see the VA ear guy.

    I got my hearing aides within 2-3 months, but the CVSO had also submitted a claim for tinnitus & hear loss disability.

    It took TWENTY SIX MONTHS before the VA approved (stated “more likely than not that being Infantry in combat was the cause for my hearing issues….no shit!)the disability for 10% for the ear ringing, but nothing for my hearing loss even though my hearing loss had exceeded their standards.

    I was also asked by the VA doctor during examination if I wore “hearing protection” in RVN. Say what??

    And this M’effer uses a fake DD214 and gets $197,237 in benefits and he never even served??!!

    I truly believe that the VA needs to run FOIA’s or some other internal records check on every one that applies for benefits to cut down this on fraud instead of simply relying on some paperwork provided by the person applying. It would take a bit more time, but at least assholes like this wouldn’t be able to game the system….as much or as often.

    Hope you know how to squeal like a pig, dingus!!

    • NECCSEABEECPO says:

      They are doing that now, was the systems are starting to talk to each other.

    • desert says:

      skyjumper…I know exactly what you are saying, hey gave me 10% disability for tinnitis too and NOTHING for hearing loss? but they gave me hearing aids ? make any sense?

  14. Skyjumper says:

    Glad to hear that, NECCSEABEECPO.

    Now if they can only upgrade their personnel to be more thorough in their record checking and do a better job than just punching the time clock and putting in their 8 hours.

    I’m sure there are many good VA employees in the system, but there are those who could give two figs about the job they do.

    I know we have some of the best ones up here in the Green Bay/Appleton area…all of them that I have encountered thru the years go the extra mile and then some to ensure that the vets are genuinely taken care of. The same can be said about our CVSO’s.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Exactly. The systems may be talking to one another but the question is whether anyone at the VA is listening. This guy should have had a big red flag of some sort. It wasn’t 1965 that he tried to defraud the VA last time. It was 2005. Guy comes in 10 years later (maybe on the the anniversary) and uses the same DD 214 and gets benies. That’s just crazy.

      • Rock says:

        Every time I do a C&P, the first thing I do prior to talking to the dude is actually review their DPRIS. As a veteran who has legitimate disabilities and knows fellow veterans with legitimate disabilities I’m not going to let some DK1 bullshit my PA ass into telling me on how he rescued the almost POWs from Kandahar when he spent all his time in Sicily.

        DPRIS helps A LOT. Weeds out all of the liars. You let them talk and then you just go…”well, how come your OMPF doesn’t show Airborne training?”

        Ask for a new C&P bitch. I do my homework and people will back me up.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      It’s Monday. Talk about the weekend for three hours. Go to lunch. Come back late. Make a few personal calls. Complain to co-worker about the workload. Take break. Go home early.

      Repeat on TuesdayY but send a few emails to establish that you’re working. Maje sure the boss knows that you’re just swamped. That traffic isn’t going to get any better later. Leave early.

      Hump day! Time to actually get some work done for the week. Put in a good two hours. Consult with co-workers regarding the problem you found. Let that stop you from doing anything else until the boss, who is on leave today, returns. Whoa! The boss is on leave. Leave an extra 20 mins early today.

      Almost to Friday now. Go to see the boss. He’s busy. Go back to desk and screw around on the computer. Grab a few files and, on you way back, make sure everyone sees what you are carrying. Boss is free! Go see him about that problem…Dahell was it?…Oh yeah…Chat with boss. Mention the issue and hear him say he’ll look into it, that he was off yesterday and is catching up. Go back to desk. Make persona; calls. Open a folder so it looks good. Leave on time today and say goodnight to boss so he says you were working right up to the last minute.

      It’s Friday! That’s license to do nothing whatsoever because, hell, nobody does.

      • HMC Ret says:

        You’re close, 2/17, but actually we began to do nothing whatsoever on Thursday, not Friday.

  15. A. Young says:

    Keith Hudson can go FUCK himself!!!

    Fuckin’ asshole…

  16. AnotherPat says:

    How would the VA (or our tax dollars) recoup $197,237 from Hudson? Garnish his Social Security? Garnish any monetary retirement pay he may be receiving? Garnish his home or bank account? Make him get a job at McDonalds and turn over his earnings to the VA? (I’m serious).

  17. Brown Neck Gaitor says:

    The Resident Agent in Charge for the IG in Asheville is G. Scott Bailey, who said “we aggressively investigate cases where individuals defraud the VA and take benefits meant for our nation’s veterans.” He noted that the VA Office of Inspector General has a hotline, staffed weekdays between 8:30 a.m. .and 2 p.m. Eastern time, at 1-800-488-8244. He said “If anyone has any knowledge of fraud going on at the VA, please call. We’ll investigate.”

    Ima just leave this here.

    • Hondo says:

      Now, why does a certain former part-time Chippendale dancer from MD come to mind when I read that?

  18. CCO says:

    You were never in the military? Tell ya’ what, Bub. I was stateside my career so I can’t go all high speed on ya. Let’s do this: Take this box of orange bags and pick up everything that don’t belong on the side of the Interstate 95. When you get to the end, turn around and do it again. Keep doing that until it’s clean. And by everything I mean all the cigarette butts, diapers, tires, 2x4s, and so forth. If DOT or Mother Nature didn’t put it there, pick it up. Yes, someone will be checking. Do it right or further corrective action will be taken.

    Use gloves and drink water because you’ve been to the doctor enough.

    • ChipNASA says:

      I sent this to Dave on the e-mail but I don’t have Ex-PH2s e-mail and I’m hoping that one of our new Mod/admins catch this and post it.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Fucker tried to pull the same shit back in 2005 and was put in a “pretrial diversion program”, and still tried to do it again.

      Should have been given the full ride…

      • ChipNASA says:

        Well at least he’s getting 6 months.
        I hope someone on the inside gives him the “full ride” while he’s there.

        I may try to poke Ex-PH2 or AW1Ed in another thread to give them a heads up.

    • Mason says:

      $200k by his 6 months of service means the government paid him $33,333 for each month of his confinement. Not a bad gig if you can get it. He made more than Occasional Cortex will as a freshman congress critter.