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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has man been sentenced for defrauding California Air National Guard?

Q: I read your Nov. 10 article regarding the arrest and guilty plea of Cal Air Guard employee Tom Venable. The article noted that he was to be sentenced Feb. 16. Just wondering if that happened and the results of the sentencing.

Mike, Vacaville

A: Thomas Venable pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding the California Air National Guard of nearly $200,000 in a scheme involving leave and false expenses.

Federal court records available online indicate that his sentencing has been continued to June 14.

The Sacramento Bee reported that between April 2008 and April 2010, Venable obtained nearly $195,528 from the California Air National Guard in wages, benefits and expense reimbursements to which he was not entitled.

Venable was assigned to a detail with the California Emergency Management Authority, or Cal-EMA, that was available only to California Air National Guard members. At the same time,he was frequently deployed for training and duty with the U.S. Air Force and was employed full time by the University of California-San Francisco Police Department.

While deployed on federal duty or working for the UCSF Police Department, Venable intentionally failed to use required military or other leave and collected double compensation from the federal government and the state of California. Authorities said he also filed at least 19 false travel and expense reimbursement claims that were unrelated to his California Air National Guard work but that were paid as though they were legitimate.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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