Army vet accused of scheme to avoid deployment -

Army vet accused of scheme to avoid deployment

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- An Army veteran from the Metro East faked paralysis after a car wreck to get disability benefits and avoid being deployed to Iraq.

That's according to a federal indictment made public yesterday in East St. Louis, naming Jeffrey Rush in the scheme authorities say he carried out with his wife, Amy.

The indictment says Rush was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., in 2004 and awaiting deployment to Iraq when he was injured in a one-vehicle accident.

Rush claimed to be unable to walk and to have no control over his bowels or bladder. Doctor's couldn't pinpoint a cause.

But the indictment claims the Rushes knew within weeks of the wreck that he could walk but kept it quiet.

Federal authorities say Jeffrey Rush now lives in Tennessee, while his wife is in Glen Carbon. Neither has a listed home telephone number.

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