Army vet stole government property, DOJ says

Crystal Lee, Riedling, 44, faces 15 years in federal prison


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An Army veteran was found guilty by a federal jury of theft of government property and making a false statement.

The Department of Justice said evidence at trial showed Crystal Lee Riedling, 44, received nearly $300,000 in disability benefits over the past five to six years. She began receiving the benefits after claiming she was unable in any capacity to use her right arm.

The DOJ said Riedling, was, in fact, able to use her arm and was seen doing so, adding that two doctors testified Riedling was malingering and exaggerating her injuries.

Riedling also admitted she knew receiving the benefits was "completely wrong," according to statements presented at the trial.

Riedling, who was also found guilty of making false statements to the United States, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. Her sentencing is set for April 11.

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