School owner sentenced for stealing $2.8M from vets program
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a computer training center who stole $2.8 million from a program designed to help veterans find employment has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Federal prosecutors say Elizabeth Honig also forfeited $1,274,154 and agreed to pay $2,831,455 in restitution. The 52-year-old Morganville resident had pleaded guilty in June to theft of government funds and was sentenced Monday.
Honig owns the Eatontown-based Computer Insight Learning Center.
Prosecutors say she helped 182 veterans enroll to receive federal funding under a program designed to help older, unemployed veterans receive training and find employment in high demand occupations. But the vast majority of these veterans were either not eligible or not actually attending the training.
Honig admitted logging on to the applications system more than 100 times and certifying that she was the actual veteran who was applying for benefits.