Greece man admits to stealing dead aunt's VA benefits for 7 years


    Pernell Jackson, 56, admitted in federal court to making materially false statements regarding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Greece man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $100,000 in VA benefits that belonged to his dead aunt.

    Pernell Jackson, 56, admitted in federal court to making materially false statements regarding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

    Prosecutors said between 2007 and 2015, Jackson regularly withdrew money from his aunt's Veteran's Administration (VA) bank account. His aunt had been dead since 2007. The VA continued to make payments into the account until a VA audit, which led to an investigation by the VA and HUD Offices of the Inspector General.

    Jackson also lived in an apartment complex in Greece and received a rent reduction through an income-based HUD subsidy program. Jackson admitted in federal court that he falsified HUD income certification forms by leaving out the VA benefits he was using that belonged to his dead aunt. As a result, he stole $102,622.76 from the government.

    Jackson faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30, 2018, before Judge Frank Geraci.

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