A Knoxville woman was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration.
Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk, 63, pleaded guilty in September 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 and was sentenced in December to 30 months in prison.
According to investigators, Kaczmarczyk assisted her husband in obtaining disability payments
based on a false claim of combat-related Post traumatic Stress Disorder. Additionally, Kaczmarczyk defrauded the Social Security Administration by falsely claiming that she was disabled due to a back injury.
In addition to the 20 month prison sentence, Kaczmarczyk was ordered to pay $326,390.90 in restitution to the VA and Social Security Administration.
"These benefits are intended for our veterans. The outcome of this case sends a message to all who consider trying to falsely obtain veteran benefits. We will continue to prosecute those who wrongfully receive government benefits," said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.
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.