Dwayne Brice was supposed to manage his father-in-law's veterans benefits.
Instead, he stole $38,904 in benefits and, according to prosecutors, used some of it to gamble at local casinos.
Brice, 37, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty this week to theft of government money before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott S. Allen Jr. and Stephanie O. Lamarque said Brice was appointed a fiduciary for his elderly father-in-law by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but instead stole his veteran’s benefits over a two-year period ending in September 2o15.
Brice's guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General.