DENVER – A Denver man received disability pay from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for two years after claiming he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from a deployment overseas, despite never having been deployed and being dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
Cameo Williams, 34, was found guilty by a federal jury on Monday of one count of making a false statement. He has yet to be sentenced, but faces up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Williams spent years claiming he had deployed overseas for combat and suffered from PTSD afterward. The VA compensated him with disability payments because of his claim.
But it was later discovered he had actually only spent two years in the U.S. Army and never was deployed for combat before he was eventually discharged for misconduct, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
His sentencing date has yet to be set.