Shaun Wheelwright, a West Point graduate and veteran of the Iraq war, spent 30 days in a coma over the past year. His path to recovery has now been hampered after he was betrayed by $ 2,000
An Army veteran evicted from his home in hospital has now been defrauded on $ 2,000 bail he left for a new apartment.
Later in 2019, Shaun Wheelwright of Pinetop, Ariz., Spent 30 days in a coma after battling depression and post-traumatic duty-related stress.
Wheelwright stunned medical professionals when he regained consciousness after more than four weeks. However, a nine-month recovery followed, during which the 41-year-old had to learn again how to walk, talk, feed and bathe.
During this time, Wheelwright – a father of two who had served in the Army 13 years before being honorable discharge – was evicted from his home and his belongings were disposed of.
Wheelwright (pictured) spoke about the incident in an interview with FOX 10 on Tuesday
‘My car was listed as abandoned [too]So, there are a lot of things on my credit, ”he told FOX 10 on Tuesday.
After a miraculous recovery, Wheelwright needed shelter – even though he had very little money in his savings account.
Last month, the veteran found an apartment advertised online near the place where his children lived with their mother.
Wheelwright spoke to the person who allegedly rented the property and double-checked the address online.
He then sent a $ 2,000 deposit through the cell banking app before discovering he had been scammed.
Marilyn Huffman, a member of the Better Business Bureau, told FOX 10 that such scams are increasing.
“A lot of scammers just take a picture with a description of someone else who has already posted on a website and claim it as their own,” she said.
Wheelwright called about the apartment on October 25th before sending the money through later
Wheelwright – a father of two who served 13 years in the Army before he was honorable discharge – began struggling with depression and duty-related post-traumatic stress. He is pictured in 2015
Wheelwright was an army captain stationed in Iraq. He is pictured just outside of Baghdad in August 2008
Wheelwright has now filed a police report, but Huffman says the veteran is unlikely to get his money back.
“If you’ve sent money by direct debit, the same as transferring cash, writing a check and cashing it once you’ve cleared it is much less than using a credit card,” she explained.
With no money for his name, Wheelwright lived with friends and slept in his car.
He says the cheating severely affected his recovery.
“I just want people to know that there are monsters out there who hunt people in their weakest moments,” he told FOX 10.
Meanwhile, a friend set up a GoFundMe for Wheelwright to help him get back on his feet.
More than $ 23,000 has been raised for Wheelwright – a West Point graduate who was posted to Iraq in 2008.
Wheelwright is pictured outside of Baghdad during a 2008 military operation in Iraq