Knox couple indicted in conspiracy to steal from feds

Knoxville couple indicted in conspiracy to steal from federal agencies

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville couple was arrested Tuesday on charges they conspired to steal from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.

Charles Kaczmarczyk, 59, and his wife, Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk, 62, are charged in an eight-count indictment returned on July 17.

The couple appeared Tuesday in federal court in Knoxville and pleaded not guilty. They were originally released on bond, pending their trial date on September 26.

However, the U.S. Attorney's Office says further questioning caused the court to order the couple held overnight and brought back to court at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The indictment alleges that from October 2006 through May 2012, the Kaczmarczyks conspired to obtain more than $1,000 in disability payments and benefits from the VA and Social Security.

Charles Kaczmarczyk allegedly faked information about being involved in Special Operation combat missions.

He's also accused of creating fake Air Force records showing he earned several medals for combat experience, including two Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars.

Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk allegedly submitted false Social Security information for her own disability claim.

If convicted, they both face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. They're also both subject to pay restitution and forfeit the proceeds of the conspiracy.

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