Jeffery W. Rush was discharged from active duty in 2004 after apparently being paralyzed from the waist down in an auto accident. Since the auto accident occured while he was on duty, he and his wife received over $200,000.00 in disability benefits. However, it now appears that his injury claims may have been just an attempt to avoid his deployment to Iraq.
On Monday, his wife, Amy L. Rush, pleaded guilty to federal charges admitting that she lied to receive state benefits and also that her husband's paralysis claims were a scam to commit fraud. Amy Rush is now cooperating with authorities. Her husband, however, has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial on 1 December 2009. For more information see this News Article.