Ex-sailor sentenced to 5 months in prison for fraud

A former sailor has been sentenced to five months in prison after being convicted of stealing nearly $140,000 from the federal government

NORFOLK, Va. -- A former sailor has been sentenced to five months in prison for stealing nearly $140,000 from the federal government by falsely claiming her husband lived in New York.

Camesha Walters was a petty officer third class living in Norfolk. Her husband was a foreign national living in Bangladesh.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that to increase her take-home pay, Walters told the Navy her husband was a U.S. citizen living in Brooklyn, so she needed larger housing and cost-of-living allowances to support him.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David Layne said Walters was not entitled to the inflated allowances because her husband never lived in Brooklyn.

Walters' lawyer said Walters is a Jamaican immigrant who worked hard to become a U.S. citizen.

She pleaded guilty in April and was sentenced Friday.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com