Man charged with lying about severe disabilities

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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 5:16 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area man who once sought food stamps for his dog faces perjury charges after prosecutors say they concluded his claims of severe disability were bogus.

The Bucks County district attorney's office says 59-year-old James George Douris was charged Wednesday with lying to judges in separate court proceedings. He didn't have a lawyer at his arraignment.

Prosecutors say that in May, Douris told a judge he wasn't able to walk or hold a glass of water, and he hadn't been properly served with court papers because he wasn't able to pick up papers left at his door.

Investigators have photos of Douris performing maintenance on his property and other activities.

Douris lost a 2010 Commonwealth Court decision after trying to qualify his dog as a household member for the purposes of getting food stamps.