Massachusetts man indicted for defrauding veteran suicide prevention program

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CONCORD — A Massachusetts man has been indicted on charges of wire fraud and federal program fraud for allegedly defrauding a nonprofit health care provider to obtain funds designated for reducing suicide rates among veterans, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announced.

David Duren, also known as Dawud Hakiem Duren, 48, is accused of fraudulently obtaining nearly $50,000 from the Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant while serving as a program manager for the nonprofit in Nashua, New Hampshire.

According to the charging documents, Duren recommended the health care provider hire a company called “E3 Foundation,” purportedly led by a “Dr. Michael Rapp,” to provide services funded by the grant. However, Duren allegedly controlled E3 Foundation and posed as “Dr. Rapp” in emails and calls.

Prosecutors allege Duren created fake invoices and misused the funds on personal purchases, including landscaping, a cruise, and payments to models on OnlyFans.com.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for wire fraud, and up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine for federal program fraud.

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General and the FBI are investigating the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander S. Chen. Duren is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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