An Air Force veteran in Portsmouth, Va., has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with various schemes to scam veterans, according to Department of Justice officials.
Rita Copeland, 59, operated an organization called “Veteran Services of the Commonwealth,” claiming to provide caregiving, contracting, and rental assistance services to veterans from 2016 through 2020, according to a court document filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She also at times operated a contracting business.
Copeland is an Air Force veteran, according to court documents and the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, which was involved in the investigation.
She’s accused of convincing a number of veterans to apply for grants through the Department of Veterans Affairs that are supposed to be used for designated improvements to the veterans’…