Kentucky man sentenced in VA fraud case in West Virginia


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – An eastern Kentucky man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $789,000 in restitution for exaggerating his vision loss to receive Veterans Health Administration benefits.

The U.S. attorney’s office said 51-year-old Phillip M. Henderson of Olive Hill was sentenced Monday. He was previously found guilty after a five-day trial in Huntington, West Virginia.

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The prosecutor’s office said in a news release that Henderson served in the Army from 1983 to 1986 and was later diagnosed with an eye disease that can lead to total blindness.

Witnesses testified that Henderson falsely responded to vision testing and misrepresented his vision loss.

The attorney listed for Henderson in court records, Sebastian Joy, was out of the office Tuesday and did not immediately return phone and email messages.

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