In 2011, Michael Pecka applied for Veterans Disability benefits on the basis that he suffered from PTSD after witnessing two servicemen commit suicide while he was serving overseas in Kuwait. He was approved for benefits and collected over $92,000 in benefits.
Unfortunately, Mr. Pecka did not actually witness either suicide. In fact, he was not even in the country when one of the suicides took place. He lied about seeing them, and he lied about being involved in their investigations.
Mr. Pecka filed the initial claim while he was already in prison for an unrelated bank fraud conviction. He repeated his false claims about the suicides on government forms again in 2014.
As a result of his fabrications, Mr. Pecka will face up to five years in prison, pay up to $250,000 in restitution, or both. He will face sentencing in January 2019.