Feds Want Mental Exam in Purple Heart Fraud Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors want a judge to order a psychiatric exam for a man charged with falsely claiming to be a Purple Heart recipient to collect benefits. But the man's attorney says an exam has already been done.

An exam for Charles Welshans was first ordered in January 2011 at the request of his attorney. The plan called for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to do it. When that wasn't done, prosecutors asked this week to have him detained and taken for an evaluation.

Welshans' attorney says in court filings that the VA decided not to do the exam because VA benefits are at issue, so another doctor performed it and the results are forthcoming.

Welshans is charged in federal court in Greenville with defrauding the government of $24,844.


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