KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Knoxville couple was arrested on Tuesday on charges they conspired to steal money from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice.
Charles and Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk both pleaded not guilty to the eight-count indictment. They were released on bond pending their trial date set for September 26, 2012.
The indictment alleges that the couple conspired to steal more than $1000 in disability payments and benefits from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration. Charles Kaczmarczyk is accused of fabricating information about his participation in Special Operations combat missions. It also claims he conspired to manufacture false Air Force records which said he earned numerous medals, including Purple Hearts and Silver Stars. His wife is accused of filing a separate claim with the SSA in support of her own disability claim.
If convicted both face a term of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Both are also subject to pay restitution and to forfeit the proceeds of this conspiracy.