A Knoxville man is admitting he lied about his military service to receive benefits.
In court Friday morning, Charles Kaczmarczyk pleaded guilty to four of the eight counts he is charged with: three counts of stealing public money and one count of social security fraud.
Those four charges could potentially add up to a maximum of 30 years in prison.
"The judge does have the obligation to review it [plea deal] and review a pre-sentencing report prior to accepting the plea and announcing the appropriate sentence," said WBIR legal analyst and attorney Don Bosch.
Kaczmarczyk will be sentenced on Dec. 12th at 10:30am. He will remain in jail until then.
The indictment says Charles and his wife, Martha Ann, wrongfully collected nearly $458,000 from the government (VA and SSA) through falsified combat records.
His wife is under house arrest following a detention hearing August 14th. She pled not guilty. Her trial is set for September 26th.
A Knoxville man accused of lying about his military service to receive benefits is expected to plead guilty Friday.
Court documents say Charles Kaczmarczyk admits he stole public money and committed social security fraud.
He is a military veteran, but is accused of lying about receiving various medals, including a purple heart, and pretended to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder so that he could receive government payments.
He now faces up to 10 years in prison on some of the charges, as well as $250,000 in fines.
He is due in court Friday to enter the plea.
His wife, Martha Ann Kaczmarczyk is also charged.
She has not made a plea deal.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated the defendant pleaded guilty. The plea is not expected to become official until Friday.