New Hampshire Veteran Acknowledges Lying About A Wheelchair In Order To Receive An Additional $660,000 In Benefits

A soldier from New Hampshire has acknowledged lying about needing a wheelchair for 20 years to collect almost $660,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

New Hampshire Veteran Acknowledges Lying About A Wheelchair In Order To Receive An Additional $660,000 In Benefits

On Thursday, Christopher Stultz, 49, of Antrim entered a guilty plea to one count of making false statements in the U.S. District Court. When he is sentenced on May 6, he could receive a maximum prison sentence of five years.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Stultz began claiming he couldn’t use his feet in 2003. As a result, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs upgraded his monthly payments and classified him as 100% handicapped. He also received funding to purchase and modify unique cars.

According to the prosecution, Stultz was “surveilled on multiple occasions” while ambulating properly. He used a wheelchair inside a VA medical facility in Boston in 2021, but prosecutors said that after leaving, he got up, lifted the wheelchair into his car, drove to a mall, and browsed the different stores. They alleged that the next year, after being released from a VA medical clinic in Manchester, he committed a similar crime.

Prosecutors noted that numerous witnesses stated they had not seen Stultz in a wheelchair in the previous 20 years.

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