Man lies about military service for VA benefits

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Wrongfully gaining Veterans Affairs Benefits, a Myrtle Beach man lied saying he was honorably discharged when he in fact went AWOL.

David A. Bevilacqua, age 65, was dishonorably discharged for going absent without leave.

He later decided to apply for medical benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs, but wasn't truthful.

He told the Department of Veterans Affairs he was honorably discharged, and received medals including two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Bevilacqua went on to say he was in Force Recon and Special Forces to gain more benefits.

Bevilacqua was awarded benefits and received medical treatment from June 2007 to October 2011.

According to the US States Attorney's Office, Bevilacqua entered a guilty plea in Florence and could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

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