Capt. Shawn A. Joyce of
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Joyce detailed in his plea agreement that he falsely claimed reimbursement for rent he never paid, including claims he was paying up to $4,030 in rent per month for an address in
Joyce submitted false rental receipts and created a fake email address in the name of a former landlord to facilitate the fraud.
As part of his plea agreement, Joyce also admitted to a separate scheme to bilk money from the Department of Veterans Affairs by not advising the department he was back on active duty so it would continue to pay him disability benefits. Under federal law, a service member receiving VA disability benefits is not entitled to simultaneously receive active duty pay, authorities said.
Joyce also contacted the VA occasionally and tried to increase the amount of his disability payments.
“With our nation's military budget being strained to the breaking point, fraud that drains funds needed by the U.S. Marine Corps and our veterans, will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy said.
Joyce pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and acknowledged defrauding the Department of Defense of $48,740 and the VA of $41,862. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18.