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Vet sentenced for using falsified document to get disability benefits

Ronald Lamont Clements of Martinsburg is to be placed on three months of supervised release following the 10-month prison sentence

July 03, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A veteran accused of claiming to be a recipient of the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge to obtain disability and retirement benefits was sentenced to serve 10 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld’s office said Tuesday.

Ronald Lamont Clements, 44, of Martinsburg is to be placed on three months of supervised release following the prison sentence imposed Monday by U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh, according to a news release from Ihlenfeld’s office.

Clements pleaded guilty in March to one count of false writing and document by stating on aU.S. Armydischarge that he was a recipient of the military decorations, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“Clements actively served in theU.S. Navy, but never saw service in the Army nor did he receive the award claimed,” Ihlenfeld’s office said in the release.

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Clements used the falsified document to obtain disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and retirement benefits from the Navy, the release said.

In addition to the prison sentence, Clements was ordered to pay $26,367 in restitution to the Department of Veterans Affairs and $93,029 to the Navy.

Clements is expected to report to prison on Aug. 6, 2012,  the release said.

In other proceedings Monday, Ihlenfeld’s office announced that Groh also sentenced the following defendants:

• Sharnett Amar Singh, 23, of Martinsburg was ordered to serve 46 months in prison to be followed by six years of supervised release.
In March 2012, Singh pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly using a juvenile to distribute crack cocaine on June 17, 2010, in Martinsburg.  

• Robert John Summerville, 30, of Hagerstown was ordered to serve 21 years and 10 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.
Summerville pleaded guilty in March to one count of possession of a firearm in November 2010 in Jefferson County after having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.
Summerville was previously convicted of burglary in Texas in 2009, second-degree assault in Allegany County, Md., in 2005, and resisting arrest in Washington County, Md., in 2004.

• Michael Hunter Norris, 35, of Inwood, W.Va., was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Norris pleaded guilty in April to one count of failure to register as a sex offender after being convicted in 2005 for lewd and lascivious battery on a minor in St. John’s County, Fla.

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