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Ex-Atlantic City mayor gets probation, fine for fraud

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  • Ex-Mayor Robert Levy sentenced to three years probation, fined $5,000
  • Levy falsified military record to get more veterans benefits; must pay them back
  • Levy lied about being a Green Beret, being abandoned in Vietnam jungle
  • Levy gained national attention when he went missing in September 2007

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NEW YORK, New York (CNN) -- Former Atlantic City Mayor Robert Levy was sentenced to three years probation and fined $5,000 Friday after pleading guilty in November 2007 to defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Former Atlantic City Mayor Bob Levy pleaded guilty in November to defrauding the U.S. government.

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden, New Jersey, Levy also was ordered to pay restitution of $25,198 and continue his mental health treatment.

Levy had been charged with falsifying his service record when he applied for increased veterans benefits in 2003, resulting in overpayment.

Levy, 61, who went missing for two weeks, resigned as mayor on October 10, 2007.

Levy falsely claimed he was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutists Badge; completed the Airborne School with more than 100 jumps; and was twice abandoned in the jungle by his troops for several weeks, which he said caused him to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Levy, a Democrat who was elected by a large majority in November 2005, gained national attention when he went missing in September 2007. Even his closest political advisers did not know where he was. It was later revealed that he had checked into a rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for a dependence on prescription drugs.

For years, Levy had claimed he served with the elite Green Berets during the Vietnam War. But last year, he admitted that he instead had been an enlisted soldier.

The federal investigation included no allegations that Levy did anything wrong in his role as mayor of the seaside city of 40,000, best known for its gambling casinos.

Calls to Levy's attorney, Ed Jacobs, for comment were not returned.

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