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Prosecutor: NC veteran embezzled nearly $1M in benefits

Prosecutors say the money helped support a lifestyle that included dancing, playing basketball, and buying a beach condo.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina Vietnam veteran embezzled nearly $1 million in health care benefits from the government that helped support a lifestyle that included dancing, playing basketball, and buying a beach condo.

Federal prosecutors based in Winston-Salem said 73-year-old Willie Dosher Cain of Fayetteville had pleaded guilty in 2020 to one count of embezzlement and was sentenced on Jan. 5 of this year to five years of probation. 

United States District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder said that Cain’s age and the COVID-19 pandemic influenced his sentencing decision.