Fake "Disabled Vet" John Anthony Raymond White Found Guilty - Eipped Off Taxpayers for $16 Million
A man claiming to be a disabled vet was convicted Wednesday of ripping off the government for $16 million in federal contracts.
A Manhattan federal jury said John Anthony Raymond White and his firm, Mitsubishi Construction Corp., bid on contracts the VA awarded under the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program.
White at times claimed he hurt his back while a Navy ROTC; other times he said he was in Special Forces.
The jury concluded he was always a fraud - and he faces up to 75 years in jail and $3.7 million in fines when sentenced.
He won several contracts, including a $5.7 million job in 2009 to build a flood wall around the Veterans Administration Medical Center on E. 23rd St. in Manhattan.
"Those contracts were supposed to go to real veterans," prosecutor Alvin Bragg said.
Eventually, the VA got suspicious and discovered White has a rap sheet for forgery and grand larceny.
White ultimately told the VA he was not a vet.
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