Easley contractor admits stealing more than $33K from the VA

May 14, 2014 

— Nearly four years ago, Tony Lee Holcombe, 61, of Easley was awarded disability payments from the Veterans Administration for non-service related impairment, IS attorney Bill Nettles said in a news release.

Although he was declared ‘permanently and totally’ disabled, the VA award came with a provision that Holcombe report any change in income or net worth to the VA. In federal court Tuesday, Holcombe admitted getting a ‘substantial income’ from a construction company he owned while on total disability.

The VA started investigating Holcombe after getting an anonymous tip in 2012. Investigators estimated Holcombe got $33,470.00 from the VA that he did not deserve.

Holcombe will be sentenced by federal judge Mary Lewis at a future date. He could face up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine of $250,000.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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