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East Tennessee couple charged with falsely obtaining military veteran benefits

Associated Press • Jul 25, 2012 at 1:59 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Knoxville man and his wife, charging them with falsely obtaining military veteran benefits.According to The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 59-year-old Charles C. Kaczmarczyk and his 62-year-old wife Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk are charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed Tuesday with conspiring to steal more than $100,000 in false benefit claims from the federal government. They are accused of bilking the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration over six years.Kaczmarczyk claimed to be a retired Air Force chief when he spoke to a gathering of University of Tennessee students in 2008 about battle exploits.The newspaper cited military records in reporting Kaczmarczyk was a low-level member of the Air Force from 1972 to 1984, but never saw combat.___Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.comCopyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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