Nashville woman pleads guilty to VA grant theft

Cookeville High School student arrested for bringing gun to school  (Image 1)
Cookeville High School student arrested for bringing gun to school (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Nashville woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to making false claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs and diverting more than $360,000 in homeless veteran grants to her own personal use.

Birdie Anderson operated Next Stage Inc., a nonprofit that claimed to provide outreach and housing for homeless veterans. Anderson received grants from the VA to provide housing and other support for homeless veterans, but prosecutors claim she made false statements and kept some of the money intended for veterans.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Anderson pleaded guilty on Monday to making false statements and theft. She could face up to a combined maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and fines and the government is seeking reimbursement for the diverted funds during her June sentencing hearing.

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