Former Caseworker At An East Bay Nonprofit Charged With Aggravated Identity Theft

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Oakland, California – William Michael Andrews made an initial appearance in federal court this morning after a federal grand jury indicted him with theft of government property and aggravated identity theft, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge James Wahleithner.

According to the indictment, Andrews, 50, of Windsor, California, is alleged to have used his position as a case-worker at an East Bay non-profit agency to acquire the personal information of homeless veterans to pay his personal expenses.  The indictment alleges Andrews used the veterans’ personal information, including their social security numbers, to illegally direct VA grant money to his landlord to pay his own rent, rather than its intended purpose of paying for short-term rental apartments for homeless veterans.

In total, Andrews allegedly stole more than $26,000 in VA grant funds.  Andrews was charged in the indictment with one count of theft of government property, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641, and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A.

Andrews was arrested in San Francisco and made his initial appearance this morning in federal court before Kandis A. Westmore, U.S. Magistrate Judge, in Oakland.  Andrews was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond.  Andrews’ next scheduled appearance is at 10:30 AM on March 14, 2018, for an appearance before the Honorable James Donato, U.S. District Judge.

The full press release is available at justice.gov.

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