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Ex casts more doubts on singer's war injury claims


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--  What seemed to be one of the feel good stories of "America's Got Talent" about a soldier's survival and journey overseas...has now taken a surprising turn.

Country singer contestant Timothy Poe is now being labeled a fraud.

Tim Poe was a member of the Minnesota National Guard and actually worked here in Rochester at the Armory for nearly two years.

The country singer with a stutter wowed judges and audience alike with his tragic story of being blasted by a rocket-propelled grenade.

If you tuned into America's Got Talent Monday night you were no doubt moved by his story.

Poe says his back was broken and his brain damaged in a grenade attack while serving in Afghanistan in 2009. Poe claimed the accident caused a stutter, and singing was therapy that's what made him discover his talent.

However, as the week unravels so have Poe's stories.

Poe started singing years ago, in fact he was the lead singer of a Rochester band called Crawl Space for 4 years.

Sergeant Poe's official military records do not indicate he was injured at all in Afghanistan.

According to the Associated Press, NBC relies on the show's producers, to conduct background checks on contestants, but that doesn't happen until the field is narrowed and It's unknown whether Poe is still in the America's Got Talent competition at this time.

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