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VA Video Surveillance Catches Veteran
September 26, 2017

A veteran in San Antonio was sentenced to federal prison for allegedly faking an injury and exacerbating another injury to get more than $400,000 worth of compensation benefits.
 
The veteran reported to more than one doctor that he couldn’t walk, but VA surveillance video captured 54-year old Mack Cole walking, jogging, lifting heavy objects, even mowing his front lawn.
 
Mr. Cole was granted military retirement with disability benefits after he said he hurt his lower back in a training accident, right before deploying to Kosovo in 2004 with the Kansas Army National Guard.
 
Special agents with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shot surveillance video of Mr. Cole walking unassisted, lifting up his motorized scooter, exercising, and mowing his lawn on several occasions. The video was used at trial and a federal jury determined that Mr. Cole misrepresented the severity of his military related injuries to get higher disability payments, extensive medical equipment and to make modifications to his house.
  
Mr. Cole received a sentence of 27 months in federal prison for health care fraud and making false statements.  Mr. Cole was also ordered to pay back $434,000 worth of compensation benefits. Mr. Cole will have three years of supervised release after finishing his prison term.


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