PITTSBURGH — An Air Force reservist who forged a document to make it appear as if he was being deployed to active duty has been sentenced to three years of probation.
Authorities say 42-year-old Richard Ward, of McDonald, forged the document so he could still draw pay from the Veterans Administration while he took a job managing Robinson Township, a Pittsburgh suburb, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Ward pleaded guilty in June to stealing about $14,000 in benefits from the VA and making the false document. Ward was a chaplain’s assistant with the 171st Air Refueling Wing.
The VA fired him after the deception came to light, and he lost his military retirement benefits from service with the Army Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard.