Source: No background check on TV contestant

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Associated Press

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 7 at 9:02 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the production of "America's Got Talent" says a background check wasn't conducted on an Afghanistan war veteran under scrutiny for his claims of battle injuries.

The person, who wasn't authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that Timothy Michael Poe was one of about 4,000 people who vied for a spot on the NBC series, which doesn't vet contestants until they reach the ranks of the top 48.

On Monday's episode of "America's Got Talent," Poe described serious injuries inflicted by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2009. But a Minnesota Army National Guard spokesman said records for Poe don't reflect such an incident.

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