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Multiple Sclerosis

Man exaggerated impairment, scammed government of $1.5M

Prosecutors say a Navy veteran scammed federal agencies out of more than $1.5 million by exaggerating his multiple sclerosis, claiming he needed a wheelchair to get around when he was actually playing golf and baseball.

A jury found Dennis Paulsen guilty Monday. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says it's one of the largest fraudulent disability compensation claims for a single person in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs. An attorney for Paulsen did not immediately return a message.

The 45-year-old Paulsen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and discharged from the Navy in the early 1990s. Unsatisfied with his monthly benefit from the VA, prosecutors say Paulsen...