Depressing 9/11 Compensation Case

The Maryland Daily Record reports that federal prosecutors have filed a civil lawsuit against a Navy commander from Severna Park who was granted a Purple Heart and was compensated for partial permanent disability for injuries he claimed he received when a plane crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. This man received $331,000 from the Victim Compensation Fund.

Prosecutors claim he had a pre-existing injury, apparently describing his injuries using the same language that a doctor used to diagnose him three years earlier. I have less of a problem with this than I do with the fact that he ran the New York City marathon in under four hours (and played basketball and lacrosse) two months after the 9/11 attacks.

The Daily Record article notes that government attorneys are looking to seize Coughlin’s $1 million house, his Mercedes-Benz, and his minivan because he used money from the victims’ fund to get them. What an awful image.

Very depressing story. This guy was a Navy Commander. I hope it is not true.