Veteran Pleads Guilty to Stealing $900,000 in Military Benefits

NEW BERN - A Fayetteville man has pleaded guilty to scamming nearly $900,000 in military benefits by falsely claiming to have been injured while serving the country.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker says that 41-year-old Navy veteran Ronnie Glenn Eddings pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Bern federal court. Eddings received benefits between 1994 and 2010 after being declared 100 percent disabled. He claimed he was confined to a wheelchair after being injured while serving in Saudi Arabia. But the Department of Veterans Affairs eventually learned that during the time he was receiving disability benefits, Eddings worked as a security guard, social worker and transportation officer in a sheriff's department.

Eddings is scheduled to be sentenced during the term of court beginning in May. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

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