A veteran of the United States military has admitted that he faked his disability for 20 years to receive disability benefits. Reports say that Christopher Stultz, 49, pleaded guilty after giving false statements to the Department of Veterans Affairs decades ago.
Stultz used deception to collect a 100-percent disability rating, according to US Attorney’s Office files. During an instance of travelling to the Veterans Affairs office, Stultz was seen “walking normally,” and it was discovered he had been hiding the elaborate scheme for over two decades.
In January 2003, Stultz notified the VA that he would not be able to use his feet after he vacated his post. As a result, he received a monthly intake of between $3,800 and $4,200. There was also additional funding obtained through the VA’s Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program to purchase ‘special cars and vehicle adaptations’ designed to help mobility-impaired vets.
Between January 2003 and December 2022, Stultz, a kindergarten teacher at Antrim Elementary School, received $662,871.77, which he was not entitled to, as per reports. According to officials, they had overwhelming evidence Stultz was capable of walking independently without needing assistance from a wheelchair or any other ambulatory device.
In October 2021, it was revealed that Stultz had used his wheelchair to gain access to the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Boston, only to lift the wheelchair into his car and drive off.
He pleaded guilty last Thursday.