ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for charging the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for more than $450,000 in bus repairs that were never done.
Ronald L. Phillips is a veteran who claimed a disability and then qualified for financial assistance under the Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation self-employment program, the U.S. attorney's office said.
He submitted bids to have two buses from his transportation company, Alaska Tour Quest, refurbished by a Palmer company, according to the indictment.
Phillips then turned in fake invoices totaling more than $450,000 for repairs, the indictment said. He used the money to buy more buses, the indictment said.
Phillips entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court last Thursday. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
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