East Greenwich woman to plead guilty to stolen valor charges

Sarah Cavanaugh. (U.S. Attorney's Office Rhode Island)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — United States Attorney Zachary Cunha said Tuesday that an East Greenwich woman is expect to plead guilty to stolen valor charges.

Sarah Cavanaugh, is accused of pretending to be a cancer-stricken Navy veteran, creating fake documents and medical records in her name, and stealing $250,000 in cash, donations, and services for injured veterans.

She is also accused of trying to get a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, which she bought replicas of and pinned to a U.S. Marine uniform that she’d wear to public events.

Prosecutors said in part that Cavanaugh, “used her position as a licensed social worker, employed by the Department of Veteran Affairs at the Rhode Island Veterans Affairs Medical Center, to gain access to documents, personal information, and medical records belonging to a Marine and an actual cancer-stricken Navy veteran.”

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