James Gary Linn is facing up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on two counts after being found guilty of theft of government funds and making false statements to federal agents.
A former full-time employee with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Nashville, Linn will be sentenced Feb. 7, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell.
Following a three-day trial, a federal jury recently found Linn, 64, of Nashville, guilty of the two charges. Linn faces maximum penalties of 10 years in prison on the theft charge and five years on the false statement charge. In addition, each count carries a possible $250,000 fine.
While working at the VA, Linn also was employed as a full-time tenured professor at Tennessee State University, concealing his TSU employment from the VA. Furthermore, he falsely told TSU that he was not employed with any other employer and that he conducted business with the VA after normal TSU business hours. Similarly, Linn falsely represented to the VA that he was not employed with any other employer and that he performed teaching duties for TSU only after normal VA business hours.
When approached by federal agents, Linn made false statements in an attempt to conceal his dual employment, authorities said.
“Federal employees enjoy a high level of trust from the public in their positions, and they must maintain a high degree of integrity and ethics in the performance of their duties,” U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin said in a release. “Any federal employee violating that trust by committing a crime will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted for any wrongdoing.”