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Former Whitman police sergeant sentenced for fraud

A former Whitman police sergeant was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison Tuesday, and ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution, for embezzling money from disabled veterans while preparing false income tax returns, according to a statement by the US Attorney’s office.

Glenn P. Pearson, 62, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release, and to pay $252,992 to the US Veterans Administration and $826,865 to the Internal Revenue Service, prosecutors said.

Pearson pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud, misappropriation by a federal fiduciary, preparation of fraudulent tax returns, and obstruction of the IRS the statement said.

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He served as a VA-appointed fiduciary for eight disabled veterans from 2007 to 2012. Pearson was accused of taking advantage of his position, by embezzling and misappropriating funds from the veterans’s accounts, the statement said.

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Pearson used some of the funds to make mortgage payments on his house, the statement said.

He also operated a tax preparation business called FTS Tax Services. Over four years, from 2012 to 2016, Pearson prepared claims that relied on false credits and fictitious deductions “in an effort to get his clients larger refunds than they were entitled to receive,” prosecutors said.

Jake Johnson can be reached at jake.johnson@globe.com.