Knoxville man pleads guilty to defrauding VA, Social Security

Knoxville man pleads guilty to defrauding VA, Social Security

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.

According to his plea agreement, Charles Kaczmarczyk, 58, received approximately $457,986 in disability payments from the VA and the Social Security Administration.

The payments were based on a false claim of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Kaczmarczyk also claimed he took part in Special Operations combat missions during and after the Vietnam War. However, he admitted in his plea agreement that this was untrue.

The agreement says Kaczmarczyk supported his claims by making counterfeit U.S. Air Force records showing he had earned numerous combat medals, including two Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars.

Kaczmarczyk and his wife, Martha Ann, were arrested on the charges in July.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on December 12. He faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison, along with forfeiture and restitution. 

Kaczmarczyk was ordered to remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing.

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