A federal judge Monday sentenced James Gary Linn to eight months in prison and to pay more than $25,000 following an earlier conviction of stealing from the government and lying to federal agents.
Upon his release from prison, Linn must also serve a two-year term of supervised release with a special condition that the first seven months be served in home confinement, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Chief U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell also sentenced Linn to pay $21,351 in restitution to the government, a $4,000 fine and a $200 special assessment.
On Nov. 5, 2010, a federal jury found Linn, 64, guilty of theft of government funds and making false statements to federal agents.
Linn worked as a full-time employee with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville while he was also employed as a full-time tenured professor at Tennessee State University.
Linn hid his TSU employment from the VA and made false representations to investigators involving his employment at both places.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Linn’s work schedules at both places conflicted, and he was paid full salary and benefits from both.
The VA Office of Inspector General and the Internal Audit Division at TSU jointly investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Darryl Stewart prosecuted the case.