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Former Jason Chaffetz Staffer Pleads Not Guilty To Lying About War Injury

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 30: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) speaks during a news conference about Benghazi at the U.S. Capitol October 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he would put a hold on all Obama Administration nominations pending in the Senate until Congress is given access to survivors of the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah staffer for U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has pleaded not guilty to lying about being injured in the Iraq War to collect disability benefits.

Court records show that 49-year-old Gilbert Prado, who landed his job on the Chaffetz staff through the Wounded Warrior Project, entered his plea Monday.

Prosecutors last month filed a 15-count indictment against Prado for wire fraud and making false statements. The West Valley City man is accused of wrongfully telling Veterans Affairs officials that he had been hurt during an explosion in Iraq in 2006.

Prosecutors say Prado received monthly disability payments from August 2011 to March 2012 totaling $18,000.

Chaffetz says his office became concerned about the authenticity of Prado's story and referred the case to federal authorities.

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