Dr. who cheated government on taxes helps decide which Camp Lejeune Marines get benefits
By: Steve Andrews
Updated: May 04, 2018
HOMOSASSA, Fla. (WFLA) - A Florida doctor, convicted of cheating the government, is now working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, helping to determine if sick and dying Marines deserve benefits.
Dr. Sheila Mohammed, from the Pensacola area, pleaded guilty to seven counts of tax fraud in 2015. A federal judge sent her to prison. Dr. Mohammed was also placed on supervised release for two years.
She is now reviewing medical records of veterans exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune for the VA.
"The idea of a convicted felon reviewing a veteran's claim. I mean, I'm just at a loss for words," said Mike Partain, a Camp Lejeune survivor and spokesman for The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten, a Camp Lejeune support group.
Over the course of decades, nearly one million Marines, sailors, their families and civilian employees unknowingly drank, cooked and bathed in contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
The water contained four known cancer causing chemicals, creating a health disaster.
Mike Partain was conceived and born at Camp Lejeune. He developed breast cancer.
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