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Coast Guard reservist admits $100K travel fraud

A Coast Guard reservist pleaded guilty Wednesday to making false claims by filing for more than $100,000 in bogus lodging and travel charges.

Jeffrey T. Byrne, 43, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced July 2 in U.S. District Court.

Byrne, a reservist assigned to the Portsmouth duty station, received activation orders in September 2011. At the time, he was living with a girlfriend in Virginia Beach. He admitted in court that he claimed to be living in Frisco, N.C., in order to receive increased lodging and travel expenses.

Between 2011 and 2013, Byrne received $112,000 in additional expense reimbursements.

When confronted with the fraud allegation, Byrne admitted what he had done, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He has repaid the money.
 

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