Mississippi Man Faces Charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Tate County man faces trial in February on charges he defrauded $24,844 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by falsely claiming to be a Purple Heart recipient.

Charles Welshans pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court in Oxford. He was released on $5,000 bond.

The government alleges in a one-count indictment that the 49-year-old Sarah man lied when he claimed he was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in a mortar attack in Lebanon.

The government also claims Welshans received VA benefits between 2004 and 2008.

The Purple Heart is awarded to those killed or injured on the battlefield.

If convicted, Welshans faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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