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.