Wichita Man Charged with Lying About Receiving Purple Heart

Albert Barker, 58, Wichita, is charged in a federal indictment with one count of making a false claim to the U.S. government, and one count of making a false statement in writing that he was awarded a Purple Heart medal.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred in October 2005 and January 2006 in Sedgwick County.

According to the indictment, Barker applied to the Department of Veteran Affairs for a disability rating in 2005, based on his suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

He caused documents to be filed in support of the claim falsely stating he had served in a combat infantry and had received a Bronze Star.

In January 2006, he caused his American Veterans representative to submit a fraudulent Army General Order 164 claiming Barker had been awarded a Purple Heart medal.

If convicted, Barker faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of making a false claim to the U.S. government, and a maximum penalty of one year and a fine up to $100,000 on the misdemeanor charge of making a false claim of receiving a Purple Heart medal.

The Veterans Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.


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