Knox woman pleads guilty in scheme to fake husband's military service for VA benefits | News
A Knoxville woman has admitted to scamming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.
Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk, 62, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of stealing public money. Her husband, Charles Kaczmarczyk, a veteran, was also charged in the scheme where they lied about his military records to obtain benefits. He pleaded guilty in August.
According to investigators, 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.
She faces a maximum of ten years in prison, along with forfeiture and restitution. Her sentencing is set for January 16, 2013.
Charles Kaczmarczyk will be sentenced on December 12.
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.