Former Veterans Affairs Employees Plead Guilty and Are Sentenced for Theft of Government Property, Reports U.S. Attorney

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    BOSTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Two former employees of the Department of
 Veterans Affairs Medical Center ("VAMC") in Boston, each pled guilty and were
 sentenced in federal court today as a result of thefts of government property
 that occurred while they were employees of the VAMC.
     United States Attorney Donald K. Stern, Richard J. Griffin, Inspector
 General of the U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs, William R. Barton,
 Inspector General of the General Services Administration, and Sandra L. Souza,
 Chief of Police of the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced that CHERYL
 KEITH, age 42, of Dorchester, and JAMES PEMBERTON, age 49, of Providence, each
 pled guilty today before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings to
 criminal informations charging them with theft of government property.
 Immediately following their pleas today, Chief Magistrate Collings issued
 their sentences. PEMBERTON was sentenced to a two year term of probation, and
 KEITH was sentenced to a one year term of probation.
     The information to which KEITH pled guilty, charged that while employed at
 the VAMC, she was a Supply Technician, and that her duties included storing
 and assigning computer equipment for the VAMC.  While employed, KEITH stole
 computer equipment belonging to the VAMC.
     The information to which PEMBERTON pled guilty, alleged that while
 employed at the VAMC, he was a lead clerk, and that his duties included
 processing checks received by the VAMC.  While employed, PEMBERTON stole a
 check made out to the VAMC.
     The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of
 the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Inspector General of
 the General Services Administration, with the assistance of the Department of
 Veterans Affairs Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
 Attorney Alex Whiting of Stern's Public Corruption and Special Prosecution's
 Unit.
 
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    BOSTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Two former employees of the Department of
 Veterans Affairs Medical Center ("VAMC") in Boston, each pled guilty and were
 sentenced in federal court today as a result of thefts of government property
 that occurred while they were employees of the VAMC.
     United States Attorney Donald K. Stern, Richard J. Griffin, Inspector
 General of the U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs, William R. Barton,
 Inspector General of the General Services Administration, and Sandra L. Souza,
 Chief of Police of the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced that CHERYL
 KEITH, age 42, of Dorchester, and JAMES PEMBERTON, age 49, of Providence, each
 pled guilty today before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings to
 criminal informations charging them with theft of government property.
 Immediately following their pleas today, Chief Magistrate Collings issued
 their sentences. PEMBERTON was sentenced to a two year term of probation, and
 KEITH was sentenced to a one year term of probation.
     The information to which KEITH pled guilty, charged that while employed at
 the VAMC, she was a Supply Technician, and that her duties included storing
 and assigning computer equipment for the VAMC.  While employed, KEITH stole
 computer equipment belonging to the VAMC.
     The information to which PEMBERTON pled guilty, alleged that while
 employed at the VAMC, he was a lead clerk, and that his duties included
 processing checks received by the VAMC.  While employed, PEMBERTON stole a
 check made out to the VAMC.
     The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of
 the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Inspector General of
 the General Services Administration, with the assistance of the Department of
 Veterans Affairs Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
 Attorney Alex Whiting of Stern's Public Corruption and Special Prosecution's
 Unit.
 
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