Jury: SC Man Exaggerated Impairment, Scammed Govt of $1.5M

A Blythewood man has been convicted of scamming federal agencies out of more than $1.5 million by exaggerating the impairment of his multiple sclerosis.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 45-year-old Dennis Paulsen was convicted Monday.

Paulsen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and discharged from the Navy in the early 1990s. Prosecutors say Paulson was unsatisfied with his monthly Department of Veteran’s Affairs benefit and began claiming he couldn’t use his hands or feet and was wheelchair-bound. He also collected Social Security benefits.

But the government says Paulsen continued to lead an active lifestyle, playing sports and even riding his motorcycle.

Paulsen faces up to 20 years in prison and half a million dollars in fines when he’s sentenced later, along with forfeiture of the more than $1.5 million.

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