ANTRIM –– A 49-year-old Antrim man has been indicted for making false statements to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fraudulently receive disability benefits for nearly two decades, according to U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young.
Christopher Stultz was charged for falsely claiming that he was unable to use both his feet from January 2003 to December 2022.
This enabled him to unlawfully receive veteran disability benefits totaling an undisclosed amount over the 20 year period.
The indictment charge of making false statements could result in a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.
Sentences are determined by a federal district court judge, based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and relevant statutes.
Stultz will appear in federal court in Concord at an unspecified date.
The investigation was led by the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander S. Chen prosecuting the case.
As per U.S. law, the accusations detailed in the charging documents are allegations. Stultz is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.