UPDATE: Trial reset in Purple Heart case

GREENVILLE — The trial of a man accused of falsely claiming to be a Purple Heart recipient to collect benefits has been rescheduled for Nov. 1.

Charles Welshans of Tate County had been scheduled for trial this month in federal court in Greenville on charges he defrauded $24,844 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Welshans has pleaded not guilty. He is free on $5,000 bond.

The government alleges that Welshans lied when he claimed he was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in a mortar attack in Lebanon.

The government claims Welshans received VA benefits between 2004 and 2008.

The Purple Heart is awarded to those killed or injured on the battlefield.

The Associated Press