A Fayetteville veteran will have to return a scooter and was sentenced this week for defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs of almost $1 million in assets, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced.
Willie Dosher Cain, 73, of Fayetteville, pleaded guilty June 17 to one count of embezzlement, said Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, in a news release.
U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder sentenced Cain on Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service.
Cain was also ordered to pay $903,668.08 in restitution, was issued a $150,000 forfeiture money judgment, and forfeited $155,041.30 in cash, a modified 2018 Toyota Sienna van and a mobility scooter, officials said.
In a related civil forfeiture action, Cain forfeited a Carolina Beach condominium, officials said.
Schroeder cited the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the defendant’s age and prior military service as factors in determining the sentence.
A 2017 Fayetteville Observer article identified Cain as serving in the Army for 27 years, including two tours in Vietnam and deployment to Saudi Arabia, before retiring as the senior enlisted leader of the 30th Engineer Battalion on Fort Bragg in 1991.
He served more than 15 years with the Fayetteville Police Department, while also teaching courses at Fayetteville Technical Community College and Campbell University.
According to documents filed with the court, Cain told VA officials shrapnel wounds sustained in Vietnam in 1965 caused him to suffer the loss of the use of both legs and bowel and bladder control loss.