COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – A Blythewood woman has been sentenced to prison for misusing her husband’s VA benefits, according to United States Attorney Sherri Lydon.
Fifty-four-year-old Tammy L. Yoho was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for theft of government funds.
Evidence presented in court showed that in 2002, Yoho entered an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to act as the fiduciary for her husband after he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Yoho then began a relationship with another man in 2011 whom she began living with in 2013. Yoho used her husband’s VA benefits for personal expenses, including spending large amounts of money at a casino in Las Vegas.
She forged her husband’s name on a power of attorney form so she could obtain a VA loan to buy a large house in Blythewood.
Yoho’s husband was then found dead in their marital home in North Carolina in Oct. 2015. The power had been shut off and the house was in foreclosure for lack of payments.
Yoho, who was still living with another man in Blythewood, subsequently filed for additional VA benefits, claiming to have lived continuously with her husband until he died.
United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis sentenced Yoho to 37 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of court-ordered supervision and payment of $47,730.34 in restitution to the Department of Veterans affairs.