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Man ordered to pay back disability money to 2 US agencies

December 11, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man convicted in Omaha of embezzling government funds has been ordered to make restitution to two federal agencies.

Federal prosecutors say 62-year-old Michael Basile was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Omaha to five years of probation and 150 hours of community service. He also was told to pay the Department of Veterans Affairs more than $62,000 and the Railroad Retirement Board more than $108,000.

The prosecutors say Basile did contract work from June 2014 through September 2017 and had his payments made to a family member in order to conceal the income from the VA and the retirement board. He was receiving disability payments from both agencies at the time and was required to report any income.