Feds Try Again to Convict Ex-Naval Officer, Wife of Defrauding Sept. 11 Victims

Federal prosecutors are going to try again to convict a former naval officer and his wife of defrauding a fund for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The prosecutors spent a month trying to convict retired Cmdr. Charles Coughlin and his wife Sabrina in the case.

But jurors could not reach a unanimous decision on most of the counts and a judge declared a mistrial.

The judge on Friday set a new trial date of June 8.

The Coughlins, of Severna Park, Md., were accused of stealing just over $330,000.

Prosecutors said the couple filed a false claim saying that an injury Coughlin got three years earlier during home renovations was from the terrorist attack.

Coughlin said he injured his neck when a plane crashed into the Pentagon about 75 feet from his office and he tried to help others out of the burning building.

Coughlin was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart for his actions.