A former Las Vegas bank manager was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for stealing nearly $ 1.2 million in benefits from Social Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
57-year-old Javier Montano pleaded guilty in September of stealing government funds once.
In August 2015, after Montano was hired at Nevada State Bank, court records indicated that he had two accounts with “large balances and no activity.”
One of the accounts belonged to someone who was dead more than 18 years at the time, but the Social Security Agency continued to pay the account. The second belonged to someone who was dead more than four years at the time and whose account was still receiving Social Security and VA payments.
Prosecutors said Montano stole money for nearly five years.
“Social Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs provide benefits to members of society who are eligible to have a lifeline and to veterans who have served and sacrificed for their country,” Nevada attorney Nicholas Trutanich said in a press release. “Our office and agency partners are committed to protecting these programs and prosecuting those who would abuse these essential services.”
Montano ordered debit cards for both accounts and used them to withdraw cash, and he used his job to approve a cashier’s check for $ 35,000.
His attorney Nicholas Wooldridge wrote in court records that Montano took money to pay his then teenage son’s medical bills and later money for personal use.
Montano, who worked in banking for 38 years, “led an otherwise law-abiding life and had a positive impact on the lives of his children, family and friends,” the lawyer wrote. “The consequences of his actions in this case have caused him immeasurable personal havoc, and he will have remorse for his actions for the rest of his life.”
Prosecutors said the “vast majority” of the money was spent on personal expenses such as a 2013 BMW.
Along with the jail sentence, U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey ordered Montano to repay approximately $ 1.2 million to the Social Security Administration and VA.
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