A Thompsontown man has admitted in court that he defrauded a disabled veteran of more than $300,000.
Jason Ehrhart, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to health care fraud. He also agreed to make full restitution to the veteran’s estate, U.S. Attorney David Freed said.
A sentencing hearing was not immediately scheduled.
Prosecutors say Ehrhart in October 2006 successfully applied to serve as the legal custodian of a former Perry County resident who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while serving in the U.S. Army.
The veteran received $476,260 in federal disability benefits from October 2006 to August 2016.
Ehrhart and his ex-wife, 48-year-old Laurie Ehrhart of Newport, misspent $316,360 of those benefits on personal expenses, prosecutors said.
Laurie Ehrhart is charged with health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Her trial is scheduled to begin January 8.
The veteran died at the Lebanon VA Hospital in July.