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Timothy Michael Poe, performing Monday on “America’s Got Talent,” is under scrutiny for his military record.

That war photo wasn’t me? Oops!

– An “America’s Got Talent” contestant scrutinized for claims about being injured in Afghanistan made a mistake when he gave the show a photograph of another soldier and passed it off as himself, the man’s fiancée said Thursday.

The NBC series this week and WFAA-TV in Dallas last month used the picture with segments on Timothy Michael Poe, a former Minnesota National Guard member who said he was injured in a grenade attack in Afghanistan in 2009. The Guard says military records don’t substantiate his claims.

The caption of the original picture on the official military website www.defense.gov shows Staff Sgt. Norman Bone serving in Afghanistan in 2006.

Poe has declined multiple requests for comment from The Associated Press this week. But his fiancée, Carrie Morris, said Thursday that Poe accidentally submitted the photo to NBC and the station because he was hurrying and didn’t take the time to look at which picture he was sending.

She said he probably thought it was the right picture when he sent it to “America’s Got Talent” because he already had sent it to WFAA.

Morris said she didn’t know where Poe got the picture of Bone but that “he downloads military stuff all the time” and that other people send them pictures as well.

“But I know that it was a mistake on his part. It was an accident. It was a complete accident,” Morris said.

WFAA assistant news director Chris Berg also confirmed Poe sent them the picture.

“They told our reporter they made a mistake and sent the wrong picture,” Berg said by email. “Fiancee told us ‘Tim forgets things.’ ”

Bone also declined to comment to The Associated Press when reached on his cellphone Thursday, saying he wanted to consult with legal counsel because he’s still on active duty.

NBC referred a call for comment to the show’s producer, Fremantle Media North America. In a statement emailed to AP, Fremantle Media spokesman Neil Schubert apologized to Bone. He said the photo has been removed and won’t be used again.

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