Stolen Valor Update

Posted: September 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
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A former state Military and Veterans Affairs official violated the terms of his probation to charges he falsified records to gain a tax exemption afforded those who served in the armed forces by continuing to work with veterans after being ordered to cease such activities, a Superior Court judge here ruled 5 AUG. Judge Irvin Snyder continued probation for William Devereaux, but warned Deveraux he would be incarcerated if another such violation occurred. Deveraux pleaded guilty in 2010 to falsifying his veteran and government records in order to receive tax exemption and benefits. Devereaux was sentenced by Snyder in April 2010 to theft by failure to make the required disposition. The terms of his sentence required Devereaux to forfeit his position with the state‘s Division of Veterans‘ Services and prohibited him from holding any job with the State of New Jersey. He also agreed to reimburse Laurel Springs $54,142.25 in unpaid taxes. He is serving five years of probation, during which he is banned from working with veterans in any capacity.
Snyder determined Friday that Devereaux had worked with veterans in Willingboro on a volunteer basis from May to October 2010. He assisted them with claims related to requests for records, including records associated with health care and military benefits. ―Bill Devereaux is Bill Devereaux‘s own worst enemy,‖ Camden County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Chase said at the hearing. Devereaux, appointed director of Veterans Programs for the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs by former Gov. James McGreevey, admitted to using falsified veterans‘ records and other falsified state documents to wrongly claim exemption from property taxes in Laurel Springs from April 2002 to his arrest in November 2008. He falsely stated he was 100 percent permanently and totally disabled due to military service, qualifying him for property tax exemption. In fact, Veterans Affairs had stated Devereaux was only temporarily disabled and was eligible to pay property taxes.
The U.S. Department of Veterans‘ Affairs Office of Inspector General Criminal Investigation Division is continuing an investigation into other records Devereaux is accused of falsifying — specifically military benefits forms for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in which Devereaux claimed he was a paratrooper and artilleryman, exchanged fire with enemy combatants and was involved in an incident of friendly fire. He also claimed to have been injured multiple times in Vietnam and asserted he received medals such as the Purple Heart, the Soldiers Medal and the Bronze Star with ―V‖ device. Devereaux was never a paratrooper or artilleryman, according to court records. He served as a finance clerk in Vietnam for 4 months, 11 days in 1968. There is no record of his being injured in combat or his receiving the medals he has boasted of receiving. [Source: Gloucester County Times John Barna article 5 Aug 2011++]

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