The 49-year-old Wright had a sentencing hearing Thursday in federal court in Tacoma, Wash. ] Wright’s sister, Karen Bevens, who also pleaded guilty in the scheme, was paid to be his primary caretaker.
He was a member of an emergency response team that responded to fires and conducted searches and rescues in Snoqualmie, about 30 miles east of Seattle.
He had a “sport” membership at a local country club.
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But the judge indicated another issue needed exploration: that a mental health expert hired by the defense had suggested that Wright suffers from a condition in which he concocts his own reality and believes it is acceptable to lie or falsify documents to match that reality.
Jennings said he was concerned because that sounded much like an insanity defense, where the defendant is incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong. Scott Burch, an Army psychologist who examined Wright in 2012, disagreed with the defense expert’s finding.
According to the indictment, Wright “represented that he was so severely disabled by PTSD symptoms that he spent two-to-five days a week in bed, in a fetal position; he had a caregiver, a house cleaner, and yard worker; he could not prepare his own meals; he could not take public transportation or be in crowds; he could walk only fifty meters; and his attention span was only five to ten seconds.” It continued: “In support of his continued receipt of disability payments, [Wright falsely reported] that Karen Bevens was his ‘In Home Care Attendant’ spending over 40 hours per week caring for him; he was unable to function without Bevens or someone else’s assistance; he could not tie or fasten shoes/belts/buttons; he could not prepare meals; he rarely drove; he could walk only 20 yards; he could not pay attention; and he could not follow spoken instructions.” In fact, Wright led a very active life “unencumbered by any disability or infirmity,” the indictment said.
He played in a recreational basketball league and coached a high school team.
Wright was also a board member for a hospital foundation and ran unsuccessfully for political office.
[This WWII Marine was killed in the Pacific Theater.
Now, 72 years later, ‘our boy is coming home.’] A photo snapped outside his home by an investigator and included in his federal court file showed Wright pushing a lawn mower.