Florida Man Posed As Veteran To Receive $220K In Benefits

An 83-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to pretending to be a veteran so that he could receive a hefty amount of benefits. 

Richard Kohl claimed to serve with the Marines in the Korean war, according to the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Kohl allegedly forged government documents so he could collect $220,000 in benefits. 

He alleged he received a Purple Heart after being shot, according to records. He first filed for benefits in 1996, but the Department of Veterans Affairs denied it, saying it couldn't find his medical records.

According to prosecutors, Kohl submitted a request for disability pension benefits nine years later and was accepted. They said he received more than $110,000 in pension benefits plus costly medical care.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

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