Aug 22, 2015 5:09 PM

Woman got VA benefits by falsely claiming to be a combat vet

CONCORD — A woman who falsely claimed to be a combat veteran received about $30,000 in free services and prescriptions in N.H. and Massachusetts, all paid for by the Veterans Administration.

The Laconia Citizen reports that Misty Maciejewski, 35, is scheduled to be sentenced next month for receiving treatment and medications at the VA Medical Center in Manchester and at other facilities by claiming she'd seen combat in Iraq.

Maciejewski lived in New Hampshire from July 2013 to December 2014 and is facing a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for committing health care fraud.

According to records on file in U.S. District Court in Concord, she admitted to a special agent for the Department of Veterans Affairs that she had never served in the military and had fraudulently sought benefits.

In May, Maciejewski agreed to plead guilty in exchange for the government not pressing for the maximum sentence.

The fraud started when Maciejewski met with a Veterans Services representative and falsely claimed she had served in the Army from October 1996 to January 2010, and that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of combat service.

The Veterans Services representative completed an application for disability and pension benefits for her. When they discovered there was no record of her service, the VA instead deferred action to allow Maciejewski to supply her discharge papers.

The Veterans Benefits Administration, however, mistakenly told an eligibility worker that Maciejewski had served in the Army and had been honorably discharged.

Maciejewski intially received about $8,000 in benefits in Massachusetts.

After moving to N.H., court records show she received about $21,000 in medical services and prescriptions through the Manchester VA Medical Center.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Concord on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.

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