Charles Chester Kaczmarczyk pleads guilty

| August 24, 2012 | 11 Comments

Just A Grunt sends us a link to the final chapter on Charles Chester Kaczmarczyk, the guy we discussed back in July who had defrauded the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in veterans’ benefits;

Kaczmarczyk, who claims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, wove tales of his exploits in the Vietnam War, of helping to evacuate the U.S. embassy during the fall of Saigon, of rescuing merchant ships from Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge and of watching the secret mission to rescue victims of the Iran hostage crisis fall apart in 1980. He told his stories to anyone who would listen, including an audience of University of Tennessee students in 2008.

The DOJ writes (.pdf) that him and his wife had been doing this for more than five years and that his tales included Special Operations in Vietnam, the Iran hostage rescue attempt and the rescue of the Mayaguez crew. I guess he couldn’t get PTSD from being a run-of-the-mill grunt or a clerk. Chuck and his wife manufactured a DD214 and awarded himself two Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars, ya know, because how else could he catch the PTSD without phony medals to prove it.

It was so lucrative and easy to get benefits from the VA, unlike the process for deserving veterans, they filed a claim for his wife, but that, apparently, was their undoing.

Sentencing for the duo will be December 12. It won’t be enough.

Category: Phony soldiers, Veterans' Affairs Department

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  1. Hondo says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer pair of jackals. Hope the judge is a vet and decides to ream them at sentencing as an example.

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Didn’t Ross Perot try to run a rescue in Teheran?

  3. Gunner says:

    Ross Perot did manage to get some of his employees out before they were restrained. That is not the mission being discussed. That mission was called “Operation Eagle Claw”…you can google it…he was not there.

  4. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Here’s hoping their cell mates do to them what they’ve been doing to tax payers and veterans for years…I hope they are quickly unable to control their sphincters, and spend their last days on this earth in serious discomfort.

  5. Green Thumb says:

    Turds.

    Throw the book at them.

    Turds.

  6. Beretverde says:

    Fuck him/them.

  7. EX SISTER-IN-LAW says:

    ISNT IT AMAZING THAT THIS MAN MET MY BROTHER IN JAN. 2006 AT A VA PROGRAM FOR VETS THAT SUFFERED FROM PTSD.HOW HE EVER GOT INTO THAT PROGRAM I DONT KNOW.. HE BECAME “FRIENDS” WITH HIM AND 4 MONTHS LATER HE WATCHED MY BROTHER DIE AND DID NOTHING TO HELP..(IM SURE THERE’S MORE TO THAT STORY…UNFORTUNATELY NOTHING CAN BE PROVED.) THEN IN ABOUT 2-2 1/2 MONTHS LATER HE MARRIED HIS WIFE.. YOU TELL ME ISNT THIS WHOLE DAMN THING CRAZY…..

  8. kp32 says:

    http://www.stripes.com/news/us/bogus-war-hero-sentenced-to-30-months-in-prison-1.200520

    Bogus war hero sentenced to 30 months in prison

    KNOXVILLE — A veteran who claimed he was a war hero to join prestigious military clubs and dupe two federal agencies out of nearly a half-million dollars in benefits was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison.

    Charles C. Kaczmarczyk, 59, pleaded guilty in August to Social Security fraud, conspiracy to steal public money and two counts of stealing public money. Federal prosecutors said the Air Force veteran, who barely left U.S. shores and never saw a day of combat, swindled the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for years.

    U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips told Kaczmarczyk he had done a “grave disservice” to the real heroes of war and imposed the maximum penalty allowed by federal sentencing guidelines in the case.

    Kaczmarczyk, who claims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, wove tales of his exploits in the Vietnam War, of helping to evacuate the U.S. embassy during the fall of Saigon, of rescuing merchant ships from Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge and of watching the secret mission to rescue victims of the Iran hostage crisis fall apart in 1980. He told his stories to anyone who would listen, including an audience of University of Tennessee students in 2008.

    Kaczmarczyk faked documents for various medals, including the Purple Heart and the Silver Star, and filed for veteran’s and Social Security benefits to the tune of $457,986, Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Bolitho said.

  9. kp32 says:

    So he made $200,000 per year. He’ll never do that again…

  10. Yat Yas 1833 says:

    Both him and his wife need to be reamed with a barrel cactus!

  11. Hondo says:

    Good news, though I’d have preferred to see him get more time. Hope he enjoys life in prison.

    Barrel cactus? Nah – I think they’re protected, Yat Yas 1833. But I don’t think ocotillo is, and a 3-foot stalk would do the trick. (smile)

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