GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man charged with killing a Montana disabled veteran and stealing his military benefits told police he killed him in a panic.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Mike Shults never knew Howard Knowles.
But his passion for helping a fellow veteran 23 years after Knowles' death has led to the war hero finally getting the military benefits he earned and helped his family know what happened to his remains.
Shults, who enlisted in the Navy and served from 1966 to 1970, felt a duty to help make things right when the owner of Snyder Grand Valley Memorials asked him for help.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who admits he passed himself off as a Navy veteran and fraudulently received more than $234,000 in benefits has been sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison.
Sixty-three-year-old Eric D. Smith of Independence also was ordered Thursday in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri, to repay $234,461. That restitution includes payments to additional agencies victimized by Smith when he engaged in similar fraud in Maryland, Georgia and Florida.