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New Hampshire man pretended to need a wheelchair for 20 years: he received $660 in benefits

A New Hampshire veteran admitted in federal court that he faked his disability for 20 years. This allowed him to receive more than $660 in benefits to which he was not entitled, reports CBS.

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Christopher Stultz, 49, of Antrim, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements. He will be sentenced on May 6, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Hampshire. He faces up to 5 years in prison and three years of supervised release.

He will also have to pay back all the funds he fraudulently obtained over the years.

Leg scam

In January 2003, Stultz, a kindergarten teacher at Antrim Elementary School, reported to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that his legs were not working. He feigned disability by using a wheelchair in public.

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His false health reports prompted the Veterans Administration to declare him 100% disabled and increase his monthly benefits. It was also given additional funding to adapt five different vehicles to make driving easier.

From January 2003 to December 2022, he received $662 in Veterans Affairs benefits for which he was not entitled.

Prosecutors said Stultz was monitored "several times" during the investigation while he walked normally without the aid of a wheelchair.

He used a wheelchair in 2021 while at a VA medical center in Boston, prosecutors said. But then, in the parking lot of the center, he stood up and lifted the wheelchair into his car, and then drove to the mall and walked around the shops. He did the same after leaving the Manchester VA Medical Center in 2022.

Several witnesses also said they had never seen Stultz use a wheelchair in the past 20 years, prosecutors said.

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