WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired naval officer honored for helping rescue fellow Pentagon workers in the 2001 terrorist attack has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for defrauding the Sept. 11 victims’ compensation fund.

Retired Cmdr. Charles Coughlin of Severna Park, Md., claimed he was injured when objects fell on him as a hijacked plane struck the building and again later when he went back inside to rescue others and hit his head. But prosecutors said Coughlin was not hurt and instead used an old injury to get $331,034 in compensation from the fund.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth told Coughlin that stealing that much money from the government deserves a serious sentence. He allowed Coughlin to remain free pending appeal.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. jimmy says:

    Corrupt FBI and DEA use no-knock warrants to enter suspect’s homes while they are away and steal items.

    They mostly steal watches, jewelry and less frequently expensive prescription drugs by returning a second time and swapping them with fakes.

    Some of them where stealing wear item parts off of cars, swapping them with old worn out parts from their personal autos and in some cases leaving the auto in a dangerous state.

  2. HAHAHA says:

    Whats the big deal? People in NY got a little dust on themselves and got millions

  3. Sharon says:

    Mr HAHAHA, you have got to be kidding. Thousands of people lost their lives that day and their families will never ever be the same. Our country will never be the same. Where were you when all of this was going on? it was more than “a little dust.” Maybe they should fly an airplane through your house and if you survive, maybe you might be singing a different tune. You are so insensitive and stupid to even make your comment. MORON !

  4. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Very decitful & now he’s in the slammer, a felony conviction & you just know some gorilla is gonna come after his butt one night. Revenge is so sweet.

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