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Former Marine Sentenced to 25 Years for Oil Fraud Scheme

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal authorities say a former Marine has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for a multimillion dollar Nigerian oil fraud scheme.

The Justice Department said Tuesday that 65-year-old Anton Paul Drago was convicted in March of wire fraud, failing to file a federal income tax return, lying to federal agents, theft of government funds and falsely submitting claims to Veterans Affairs.

The Las Vegas man had been accused of setting up a Nigerian oil investment scheme between 2004 and 2012, telling investors their money would go toward a crude oil operation.

Drago, who also known as Evan Fogarty, had served in the Marine Corps and for decades falsely claimed a disability to receive thousands of dollars in monthly VA benefits.

He’s also ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution.

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