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I dont know how this stuff can happen.

Most of us claimants have to Prove over and over again everything from a service nexus to how disabling the service connected conditions really are and this happens????

As an advocate I was drawn into 3 separate situations years ago that ,in my opinion, were fraudulent attempts ( one vet and 3 widows) to deceive the VA.

I had to contact the US CAVC in one of those situations. I would have contacted the OIG if the other situations went forward. None of the 'widows' were legitimate widows of any veteran and did not fall under the common law marriage regs at VA at all, but I knew VA would find that out right way.And none of their DIC claims had merit.

I dont have the whole story here,This was email from the VAOIG and I havent checked the OIG site yet to see if there is more info.

Maybe the vet didnt even get a dime from VA and something about the claim triggered the VA to contact the IG.The vet apparently wasn't charged with forfeiture.

Sickening. We all try so hard here to help vets with valid and honest claims, yet others out there will try to take advantage of the VA system by committing fraud.

September 18, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Knoxville Woman Pleads Guilty To Defrauding U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs And Social Security Administration

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk, 62, of Knoxville, Tenn., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to charges stemming from a scheme to fraudulently obtain disability payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration. Sentencing has been set for January 16, 2013, before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas W. Phillips.

As part of the scheme, 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. Kaczmarczyk faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison, along with forfeiture and restitution. Her husband, Charles Kaczmarczyk, previously pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on December 12, 2012.

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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Bolitho represented the United States. .”

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