Couple charged with faking military service injuries to receive benefits

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A Knoxville couple is accused of faking military records so they could receive military benefits they do not qualify for.

Charles Kaczmarczyk, 59, and his wife, Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk, 62, were arrested Tuesday. Last week, a federal grand jury indicted them on charges that they conspired to steal public money from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.

The indictment claims that Charles Kaczmarczyk fabricated information about his participation in Special Operation combat missions. Investigators say the couple manufactured false U.S. Air Force records showing that Kaczmarczyk had earned numerous medals for his combat experience, including two Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars.

Additionally, the indictment alleges that Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk separately submitted false information to the Social Security Administration in support of her own disability claim.

Between October 2006 and May 2012, the indictment says the Kaczmarczyks obtained more than $1000 in disability payments and benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.

The couple appeared today in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on Tuesday afternoon, where they pleaded not guilty.

The two were originally ordered to be released on bond, but after further questioning, the judge ordered them to be held overnight and be brought back before the court at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Their trial date is set for September 26, 2012. If convicted, both face a term of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. They could also be ordered to pay restitution and to forfeit the proceeds of this conspiracy.

This investigation was a joint effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Air Force. Full Story Here

 

 

UPDATE:

At their recent trial the couple plead guilty to all charges and are now awaiting sentencing.

 

Here is the release from the Department Of Justice:

September 18, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Knoxville Woman Pleads Guilty To Defrauding U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs And Social Security Administration

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk, 62, of Knoxville, Tenn., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to charges stemming from a scheme to fraudulently obtain disability payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.  Sentencing has been set for January 16, 2013, before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas W. Phillips.

As part of the scheme, Kaczmarczyk assisted her husband in obtaining disability payments based on a false claim of combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  Additionally, Kaczmarczyk defrauded the Social Security Administration by falsely claiming that she was disabled due to a back injury.  Kaczmarczyk faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison, along with forfeiture and restitution.  Her husband, Charles Kaczmarczyk, previously pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on December 12, 2012.

The investigation was a joint effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation,  Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Air Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Bolitho represented the United States.  .

 

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33 comments on “Couple charged with faking military service injuries to receive benefits
  1. What was the amount actually received? “Over $1,000” isn’t very specific. If it was 1,000 bucks over 67 months thats $14,97 a month..

    • its a slap in the face to those of us who ACTUALLY served I ran into a joker that claimed to be in the army in Afghanistan and then into the marines and he was also marine recon all this crap… he could barely read and I think he had a mental disorder due to the speech impediment and overall general behavior… he said he still had his MARINE issue 9mm bereta,, and did ALL his training at camp LEGUNE I hope I spelled that right.. um ok their are only 2 bootcamp locals san diego, and parris island…

      • Lejune, And yes thats correct. pre 1970 Montford point which is in Lejune was an active trining ground to female recruits and during ww2 to black Marines. however now its on the island and in hollywood. also if he still had his issued M9 thats felony theft of Military Properety with one count of same charge for each round he retained.

  2. WOW. That has to be including the value of medications and care received, The Max you can get from the VA is about 3000 a month They would have had to be getting about 4400 additional from Social Security to add up to that much. 7400 bucks a month, tax-free. A Couple who worked and paid taxes would have to make about 132,000 a year Gross to get that much.

  3. It doesn’t matter how much it was — even $1 is too much — every dollar they got should have gone to a real wounded warrior.

    I’m glad they got caught and hope they get sentenced to the maximum.

  4. I can only hope the judge throws the book at them but seeing the judges up here they will get a slap on the wrist and be told they were bad the courts are way to easy on the crooks.

  5. Will be interesting to see what they get. Anything over 1000 is a felony. They are facing multiple counts of felonies so they will live the rest of their pathetic lives behind bars.

  6. Unfortunately, there are many more frauds like this out there. Even people working for the VA( helping you get your proper disability), are taking advantage of the position they are in. It would be interesting to know how many of them are defrauding the VA and Govt.

  7. Bam! Fraudsters! Go straight to prison and do not pass go! Do not collect 200 dollars! I hope that they get what they have coming, sum bags!

  8. Let’s also remember the ones NOT mentioned. These are the people who trusted them or believed in them. This can make you just a little less likely to trust in the future. Then there are the people who granted the ratings at VA and SS. Are they going to be a little tougher to convince to award someone who is truly disabled and needy?

  9. I was thinking the same thing 1000$ over that period of time is low, I’m 100% VA disabled and get over 3000$/mo plus SSD. Every time I read these stories I get pissed and it’s a disgrace to real Combat Vets and those of us disabled by PTSD.

  10. My sisters boy friend is doing this same thing right now and bragging that the government is paying for a faulse injury… If anyone knows who I need to speak with to report this plz let me know!!

    • Here is the URL to the VA IG page for fraud reports. There is a phone number on the page. Don’t worry about having physical evidence. If he has been bragging they can do the digging to see if he is just a bullshit artist. They’re kind of busy, but they actually do do their job. I volunteer at my local VA and have become fairly tight with people on the inside and they also indicate that these guys are usually pretty good at what they do.
      You might save your sister from a real shit storm in the future (or worse).

  11. December 12, 2012

    Department of Justice

    United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

    Knoxville Man Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison For Defrauding U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs And Social Security Administration

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Dec. 12, 2012, Charles C. Kaczmarczyk, 59, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, U.S. District Judge, to serve 30 months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining disability payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration.

    In addition to the 30-month prison sentence, Kaczmarczyk was ordered to pay $457,986 in restitution to the VA and Social Security Administration.

  12. This is interesting in more ways than one. How can it be that false ones and takers can get awarded benefits, yet true disabled sometimes wait for years? I am glad that they were caught and prosecuted, but how they were able to process this does not compute. Did they falsify documents? What about medical evidence? There appears to be more wrong here than just these two dummies and their thievery…

    • Some of the documentation WAS faked. They used real orders and such then doctored them. There was more, but this is a good start.

  13. I like how these jokers get their VA claims accepted in a heartbeat and scam the system out of thousands, but real veterans with real disabilities have a better chance to win the freaking lotto ten times in a row than to get the VA to approve their claims. Maybe we should give these pos’s a job at filing legit complaints?

    • There you go VI. I agree with you. They should have to do community service and teach every Veteran what they need to do to get their disability.

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