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PORTLAND, OR -- A former employee of the Deschutes County District Attorney's office and the Oregon Department of Justice has admitted to stealing more than $55,000 from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Bruce Endicott pled guilty to theft of government funds in federal court this week. According to court records, the 34-year-old received disability benefits through the VA in 2005. In 2012, he filed an additional unemployment claim, saying he was unable to work due to physical and mental impairments.  In fact, Endicott was working for the DOJ under a second Social Security number.
 
He left the DOJ at the end of 2013 and briefly worked for the Deschutes County DA's office. When he was let go in 2014, he applied for welfare using that second Social Security number, while he was also receiving VA benefits under the first. He also filed a lawsuit against former DA Patrick Flaherty, claiming he was fired for failing to provide political connections during Flaherty's reelection campaign.  
 
The government is seeking a 30-day prison term. Endicott will be sentenced in October.

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