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East Tennessee couple charged with falsely obtaining military veteran benefits

July 25th, 2012 1:59 pm by Associated Press

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,

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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