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IL man facing charges for embezzling veteran's funds

ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

An Illinois man faces a hefty prison sentence if convicted of embezzling funds connected to veterans benefits.

Terrence Starks, 37, from Bunker Hill, Ill., was indicted by a federal grand jury for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The indictment says that Starks worked for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, and in his position he was able to access the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs computerized software system for the payment and distribution of benefits.

That database contained names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and bank account information among other information.

Starks allegedly changed the routing number and account number of veteran recipient's benefits to an account controlled by Starks through his girlfriend.

This misrepresented to the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs that the veteran or survivor was still receiving the benefits.

If convicted, Starks faces up to twenty years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of mandatory supervised release on the wire fraud count and a mandatory consecutive two year prison sentence for the aggravated identity theft count.

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