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who checked out the background of Sgt.
Craig Pusley, a marine who the
featured in an article about how Pusley volunteered
to guard a local school in his Marpats.
Well Business Insider found out that Pusley hadn’t even made it
out of training
during his stint;.....
.....Vanderburg was awarded 18 medals including the Silver
Star, the Bronze Star and the Air Force Cross for heroism
and a Purple
Heart during his 20 years of service in the U.S. Air
Force. The war is part of his persona. His medals are on
display in his apartment. He wears a hat denoting his Silver
Stolen Valor Act
, other efforts left out of defense bill
Stars and Stripes
Here's a look at a few of the key items left on the
negotiation-room floor: -- A new Stolen Valor Act:
Veterans groups were hoping for new legislation making it
illegal to falsely claim military honors, to replace the law
struck down by the Supreme ...
A form of the amendment survived conference, so the
Wauwilermoos internees will receive the POW Medal if the
president signs the defense bill.
Excerpt from Conf. Rept. H. Rept. 112-705, p. 326-27:
SEC. 584. ISSUANCE OF PRISONER-OF-WAR MEDAL.
7 Section 1128 of title 10, United States Code, is
9 (1) in subsection (a)—
10 (A) by inserting or at the end of para
11 graph (2);
12 (B) by striking or at the end of para
13 graph (3) and inserting a period; and
14 (C) by striking paragraph (4);
15 (2) by redesignating subsections (b) through (h)
16 as subsections (c) through (i), respectively; and
17 (3) by inserting after subsection (a) the fol
18 lowing new subsection (b):
19 (b) Under uniform regulations prescribed by the
20 Secretary of Defense, the Secretary concerned may issue
21 a prisoner-of-war medal to any person who, while serving
22 in any capacity with the armed forces, was held captive
23 under circumstances not covered by paragraph (1), (2),
24 or (3) of subsection (a), but which the Secretary
25 finds were comparable to those circumstances under which
1 persons have generally been held captive by enemy armed
2 forces during periods of armed conflict.
Navy Cancels Nativity Over Atheist Complaint:
The Navy directed service members serving in Bahrain to cancel
and dismantle a "Live Nativity" after receiving a complaint from
a military atheist group who said the manger scene endangered
Americans serving in a Muslim country and violated the U.S.
Constitution. The "Live Nativity" was a long-standing tradition
at NSA Bahrain that featured the children of military personnel
dressed as shepherds, wise men, along with Mary and Joseph. It
was part of a larger festival that included a tree lighting,
Christmas music and photographs with Santa Claus and a camel.
But the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers
objected to the Nativity and filed a complaint with the Navy's
Inspector General. They argued the Nativity promoted
"Christianity as the official religion of the base."
Former SEAL helps ferret out fake credentials
Bogus war hero sentenced to 30 months in prison
By JAMIE SATTERFIELD
Published: December 12, 2012
KNOXVILLE A veteran who claimed he was a war hero to join
prestigious military clubs and dupe two federal agencies out of
nearly a half-million dollars in benefits was sentenced today to
30 months in federal prison.
Charles C. Kaczmarczyk, 59, pleaded guilty in August to Social
Security fraud, conspiracy to steal public money and two counts
of stealing public money. Federal prosecutors said the Air Force
veteran, who barely left U.S. shores and never saw a day of
combat, swindled the Social Security Administration and the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs for years......
December 12, 2012
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian
Eastern District of Tennessee
Knoxville Man Sentenced To 30 Months In
Federal Prison For Defrauding U.S. Department Of Veterans
Affairs And Social Security Administration
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - On Dec. 12, 2012, Charles C. Kaczmarczyk, 59,
of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas W.
Phillips, U.S. District Judge, to serve 30 months in federal
prison for fraudulently obtaining disability payments from the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security
In addition to the 30-month prison sentence, Kaczmarczyk was
ordered to pay $457,986 in restitution to the VA and Social
As part of the scheme, Kaczmarczyk obtained disability payments
based on a false claim of combat-related Posttraumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD). Kaczmarczyk supported his false claim of
combat-related PTSD by creating counterfeit U.S. Air Force
records showing that he had received various medals for his
service, including two Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars.
During the course of his criminal conduct, Kaczmarczyk
repeatedly lied to the VA and Social Security Administration
regarding his participation in combat missions as a member of
the U.S. Air Force’s Special Operations Group.
U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said, “Those who would dishonor
our veterans by perpetrating fraud for personal gain will not be
tolerated in the Eastern District of Tennessee. We will work
with the Department of Veterans Affairs and others to quickly
and decisively prosecute appropriate cases to the fullest extent
of the law.”
The investigation was a joint effort between the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, VA Office of Inspector General, Social
Security Administration Office of Inspector General, and the
U.S. Air Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Bolitho represented the United
Florida executes ex-cop for killing 9 in 1986
....Manuel Pardo, 56, was pronounced dead at Florida State
Prison at 7:47 p.m., about 16 minutes after the lethal injection
process began. His attorneys had tried to block the execution by
arguing that he was mentally ill, but federal courts declined to
FAKE WARRIORS NOTE: Pardo was listed as a fraud - served in
the Navy, USNR and USMCR - 1974-1981.
Hello, my name is Manuel. I am 48 years of age, 5'10'', 165
lbs, brown hair and brown eyes. I am a Spanish male, born in
New York City. But my family are all from Spain.
I am a former marine
of 15 years, having spent time in Vietnam.
I like to travel, snow ski, all types of music, history and
have many more interests.
I seek a nice person to correspond with, preferable a
female. But any nice, caring person will be fine. I will be
very happy and grateful to have a pen pal from anywhere! I
am completely bi-lingual - English - Spanish.
# 111983 P 3212s
Union Correctional Institution
7819 N.W. 228th St.
Raiford, FL 32026
Fake Warriors Note: Albertson had been listed as a fraud
for more than a decade.
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I get a lot of e-mails from devastated people claiming they have
just figured out their online lover, claiming to be deployed in
the U.S. Military, took advantage of their kind heart and stole
their money. Some foreigners even ask me for an explanation! I
wish I could retrieve the funds and see the criminals to
justice, but I'm afraid it's just not that simple. That's why
I've developed a
"How to Report an Online Romance Scam"
article. While you
may not ever see a dime back of your losses, reporting what you
know can help warn others and get a handle on this growing
Montana senators help move bill forward
Daily Inter Lake
The US Supreme Court earlier this year struck down the
Stolen Valor Act that made ... In the latest
twist, the Senate attached the Stolen Valor Act of
... Doug Sterner, a former Kalispell resident whose wife
wrote the policy analysis that became the original Stolen
Valor Act, said he’s pleased with Congress’ efforts to keep
the issue at the forefront.
“It is a very good thing,” Sterner said about the amendment
Friday. “It eliminates the need to amend the House Bill
[Heck's] or the Senate Bill [Webb’s] to make the two
compatible. If the House passes the Defense Authorization
Bill ... it becomes law upon signing of the act by the
Sterner called the amendment a “very smart move by the
Latest hell for ex-U.S. Marine:
Chained to bed in Mexican jail
Former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar is in a
Matamoros prison in Mexico, charged with bringing an antique
shotgun into Mexico. |
A former U.S. soldier and owner of a Texas dry
cleaning business who was arrested in October had a cache
of weapons, raid gear, and fake CIA credentials,according
to a federal search warrant. Police were tipped off to Azeez Al-Ghaziani
after someone called to report a damaged vehicle parked behind his
business. “When officers arrived, they saw what appeared to be
fraudulent military identification cards inside the vehicle,” NBC 5
reports. Federal agents search Al-Ghaziani’s business and found fake
IDs, weapons, and a white powder that tested positive for
An apology to Times readers
By Peter Meyer, Publisher
and Paul Pronovost, Editor
December 05, 2012
There is an implied contract between a newspaper and its readers.
The paper prints the truth. Readers believe that it's true.
It's not always so simple, of course. There are nuances in how a
story is presented, what words are used to describe the action.
Papers have personalities, and no two are exactly alike, but at the
end of the day, facts are facts. And a good newspaper holds nothing
more sacred than its role to tell the truth. Always. As fully and as
fairly as possible.
This is our guiding principle, so it is with heavy heart that we
tell you the Cape Cod Times has broken that trust. An internal
review has found that one of our reporters wrote dozens of stories
that included one or more sources who do not exist. ....
ARTICLE NO LONGER POSTED
....."Contrary to wide perception from TV or the movies, it's not
just punch-kick-block," said Partain, who served four tours in
Vietnam, including 31 days as a prisoner of war, retired from the
Marines as a major. "It's about balance and keeping oneself in
control. I learned to control situations rather than let them
The Town Talk
P.O. BOX 7558
Alexandria, LA 71306
After much delay from higher-ups here, going through
corporate legal, etc., we finally ran a correction Nov. 30.
This is a copy:
Corrections: A story titled "Secret gem: Alexandria's Partain
traditional karate master," published Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, on
Page B1, included factual errors and information that could not
be confirmed upon further investigation. The subject of the
story was Jerry Partain, 66, of Alexandria.
In an interview with a Town Talk reporter, Partain said
he had been a U.S. Marine who served four tours of duty in
Vietnam before retiring as a major. Natalie Abbott, an archives
technician for the National Personnel Records Center, said she
was not able to locate a military service record under that
Partain said he had been a prisoner of war for 31 days in
Vietnam. That information is disputed by retired Navy Capt. John
Michael "Mike" McGrath, a POW in Vietnam for more than five
years who is the former president of NAM-POWs and current
director and historian of the organization. "No man named Jerry
Partain was ever with any of us, the real 66 surviving
POWs of the Vietnam War, nor is he known by the Department of
Defense in this regard," McGrath told The Town Talk.
Partain said he was a wrestler on the 1964 U.S. Olympic
team. The USA Wrestling Federation, which maintains the relevant
records, has no record of an athlete by that name being on the
1964 team, according to Gary Abbott, communications director for
Attempts by the reporter to speak with Partain since the
story was published have been unsuccessful.
July 26th, 2010
According to CNN,
a Sergeant Major has been busted at Walter Reed. CNN calls Stoney
Crump THE Command Sergeant Major of WRAMC, but that’s not true –
he’s one of the CSMs.
December 4th, 2012 at 8:34 pm
Wow, today in my TAPS class here walks in SSG (ret)
Crump and they introduce him as a former Sergeant Major, he’s
teaching soon to retire or separate service members how to
interview, write resumes and search for jobs. I guess he’s good at
creative writing, I wonder how he got hired by the Department of
And last but not least, this final quote and the dismissal.
The statement that Plaintiff Giduck is a “fraud” and that his
credentials are “bullshit” is patently McAleer’s opinion and is not
actionable. These types of statements of opinion are protected under
the rules enunciated in Milkovich and Burns.
Similarly, the statement that Giduck puffed up or fabricated his
credentials and that his certifications are “a joke” is likewise
protected opinion. In fact these opinions are certainly far less
insulting or potentially damaging than most, if not all, of the
statements found privileged in the cases cited above. The statements
attributed to these Defendants regarding Giduck were
blunt, uncomplimentary, and probably “rhetorical hyperbole.” But
they were also privileged statements of opinion protected by the
First Amendment as applied in a litany of Supreme Court and Colorado
Here are the court documents in PDF. giduckdismissal
FBI E-Mail Updates
Shenandoah Man Admits Altering Military Record, Heads to
U.S. Attorney's Office December 03, 2012
Southern District of Texas(713) 567-9000
HOUSTON - Paul A. Schroeder, 41, of Shenandoah, has been convicted of
altering a military or naval discharge certificate and will now be
headed to federal prison, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson
Schroeder, former director of counseling for the PTSD
(Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Foundation of America, was indicted
in June 2012 and today admitted he altered his military discharge
certificate. As a result, United States District Judge David Hittner
ordered he serve 30 days in prison which will be followed by one
year of supervised release. Judge Hittner rejected the defense
request for probation and further ordered Schroeder pay a fine of
According to court records, in April 2009, Schroeder applied for
military meritorious service license plates with the Texas
Department of Transportation (DOT). In the application, Schroeder
certified that during the course of his military service he had been
awarded the Silver Star, supporting this claim with a fraudulently
altered certificate of release or discharge from active duty
purporting to have been issued under authority of the Department of
FBI special agents obtained a copy of Schroeder?s service record
from the DOD and compared it to the document submitted by Schroeder
to Texas DOT. The comparison revealed that besides having never been
awarded a Silver Star, Schroeder falsely reported he was the
recipient of numerous awards and training from various combat
schools. Those false assertions included two Purple Heart awards,
three Bronze Star awards, two Meritorious Service Medals, training
from Special Forces Assessment and Selection, Army Ranger School,
Pathfinder Course, Jumpmaster School, Airborne School, Military
Freefall School, and the Combat Dive Qualification Course.
After submitting the fraudulent documentation, Schroeder was issued
meritorious service plates which he displayed until such time as he
was confronted with the discrepancies between the Department of
Defense Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and
the one that he had submitted to Texas DOT.
FBI investigated with the cooperation and assistance of the Texas
Rangers. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Richard D. Hanes is
prosecuting the case and AUSA Bob Stabe handled the plea and
Texas fake war hero gets 30 days in prison
- Fort Worth Star Telegram
- A federal judge in Houston on Monday sentenced 41-year-old
Paul A. Schroeder of Shenandoah for altering a military or naval
discharge certificate. Schroeder in February resigned from the
PTSD Foundation of America amid questions about his war record.
Sheanandoah man heads to prison for altering military record
- Your Houston News
- Paul A. Schroeder, 41, of Shenandoah, has been convicted of
altering a military or naval discharge certificate and will now
be headed to federal prison, United States Attorney Kenneth
Magidson announced Monday. Schroeder, former director of
Marine impersonator to serve 15 months for
threatening women on the Internet
A North Carolina man was sentenced Friday to more than a year in
prison for posing as a Marine stationed at Quantico and threatening
women on the Internet, prosecutors said.
James M. Johnson, 29, of Roxboro, N.C. pleaded guilty in July to one
count of cyberstalking and one count of making interstate threats.
At a hearing at U.S. District Court in Alexandria Friday, Johnson
was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison and three years of
probation, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's
Stolen Valor Article in January 2012 Penthouse
The late Father Capodanno's Medal of Honor
He and his wife weren't so concerned about their home when Sandy hit
but rather what was inside of it: all the military memorabilia from
his late brother, Vincent, a Navy chaplain who died in Vietnam and
was posthumously bestowed with the Medal of Honor.
Some stories we missed:
Daniel Priotti, Veteran In Wheelchair, Assaulted
On Halloween By Marine Christopher Dabney: Cops
Posted: 11/02/2012 11:00 am EDT Updated: 11/02/2012 11:00 am EDT
Army veteran who uses a wheelchair was assaulted this
week by a Marine veteran who thought the man's wheelchair and
uniform were a Halloween costume.
Florida man Daniel Priotti served in the U.S. Army from
1996-1998, and was paralyzed 10 years ago in an unrelated accident,
the Gainesville Sun reports......
Tutu-Wearing Marine Arrested for
Beating Up Disabled Veteran
Former Postal Employees Guilty Of Stealing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Millions In U.S. Treasury Checks
December 3, 2012
Thousands of Individuals’ Tax Refund, Social Security, and
Veterans Checks Stolen
ATLANTA – Gerald Eason, 47, of Stockbridge, Georgia,
pleaded guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge
Charles A. Pannell, Jr. to stealing over 1,300 U.S. Treasury checks
worth more than $2.8 million, while employed as a supervisor at an
Atlanta mail distribution facility. He also admitted to conspiring
with another postal worker, Deborah Fambro-Echols, 49, of Hapeville,
Georgia, at the same facility to steal and cash additional checks.
Fambro-Echols pleaded guilty to these charges on November 26, 2012.
Four other defendants, Wendy Frasier, 35, and Daralyn M. Weaver, 31,
both of Atlanta, Georgia, Jabril O. McKee, 25, of Fairburn, Georgia,
and Ohmar D. Braden, 36, of Lithonia, Georgia, have also pleaded
guilty in the case for their roles in the scheme.
United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “We created a task
force last year to address the problem of stolen U.S. Treasury
checks in Georgia. At that time, our state ranked third in the
country in the number of federal tax refund, Social Security, and
Veterans checks reported stolen by their intended recipients. With
today’s pleas, we have taken two corrupt postal workers, including a
supervisor, off the streets who were responsible for stealing
thousands of checks worth over $3 million. We will continue to
target these theft rings – both those on the inside and their
network of check cashers – to address this serious problem.”
“This case illustrates the importance of task force partnerships
with state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies in combating
threats to our nation’s financial payment systems. U.S. Treasury
checks are still a vital part of that system. The U.S. Secret
Service will continue to aggressively pursue anyone who violates the
faith and trust citizens have in our financial infrastructure,” said
Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States
Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.
“Eason and Fambro-Echols reflect just a very small percentage of
employees who failed to uphold the trust and integrity placed in
them,” said Paul Bowman, Special Agent in Charge of the United
States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. “We take these
cases very serious and investigate them to the fullest extent of the
law. The majority of Postal Service employees are honest,
hardworking, and committed to providing the timely and reliable
service that customers expect and deserve.”
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General is
charged with a duty to prevent and detect fraud and abuse of
Treasury programs and operations. We are fully committed to fighting
the ever growing fraud threats against the U.S. Treasury. Working
together in a task force strengthens our ability to investigate and
bring to justice those that would commit fraud against the U.S.
Treasury,” said U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector
General, Eric Thorson.
Special Agent in Charge Quentin G. Aucoin, Department of Veterans
Affairs, Office of Inspector General stated, “Thefts of VA benefits
checks intended for veterans who honorably served this country will
not be tolerated. VA OIG vigorously investigates allegations of
criminal activities impacting VA programs.”
“I’d like to commend the special task force dedicated to the
investigation of U.S. Treasury check fraud in Georgia. Their hard
work and determination yields not only a victory over check fraud in
our state, but peace of mind for the hard-working families affected
by these crimes. It is very gratifying to see our agencies partner
effectively as they safeguard Georgians,” said Georgia Secretary of
State, Brian Kemp.
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other
information presented in court: Eason worked as a supervisor at the
Atlanta Processing and Distribution Center, a centralized mail
distribution center, on Crown Road in Atlanta, Georgia. That
facility processes mail for delivery to dozens of zip codes in
Georgia. Fambro-Echols worked as a mail handler at the facility.
While on the job, Eason and Fambro-Echols stole thousands of U.S.
Treasury checks and provided them to a network of brokers and check
cashers who would then negotiate the checks and split the criminal
proceeds with Eason and Fambro-Echols. These individuals forged
endorsements and used fake identifications to pose as the intended
recipients of the checks when cashing them.
In April 2011, law enforcement authorities searched Fambro-Echols’
residence in Hapeville. They found 661 Treasury checks totaling over
$590,000. Almost all of the checks discovered during the search were
dated from April 8 to 19, 2011, and thus stolen over less than a
On March 7 and 11, 2012, Eason stole over 1,300 Treasury checks
worth more than $2.8 million. Federal agents video recorded him
stealing the checks at the mail facility and then observed him drive
the checks to a residence, where he thought they would be
distributed to co-conspirators who would cash them. He was arrested
while attempting to collect his portion of the proceeds from the
Frasier and Weaver acted as brokers for Fambro-Echols. They
recruited others to cash the stolen checks at banks and business
establishments. McKee and Braden worked as check cashers in the
scheme, negotiating stolen checks with the help of fake
identification documents and sharing the proceeds with their
co-conspirators. In March 2011, they were arrested at a BestBank in
Decatur, Georgia attempting to negotiate a stolen Social Security
check while impersonating the intended recipient of the check.
Eason pleaded guilty to 7 counts, including conspiracy, theft of
government money, and possession of stolen Treasury checks. Fambro-Echols
pleaded guilty to conspiracy and theft of government money. Frasier
and Weaver pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possession of stolen
Treasury checks. McKee and Braden pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bank
fraud, and aggravated identity theft. These charges carry maximum
sentences that range from 5 to 30 years in prison each, and fines of
up to $1,000,000 per count. The aggravated identity theft charges
carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in addition to any
other sentence imposed. In determining the actual sentence, the
Court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which
are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most
Eason, Weaver, Fambro-Echols, and Frasier are all scheduled for
sentencing on February 27, 2013, before United States District Judge
Charles A. Pannell, Jr. Fambro-Echols is scheduled for sentencing at
10:00 a.m., Frasier at 10:40 a.m., Weaver at 11:30 a.m., and Eason
at 2:00 p.m.
This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service;
United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General; Social
Security Administration, Office of Inspector General; United States
Postal Inspection Service; Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of
Inspector General; U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of
Inspector General; Georgia Department of Revenue, Office of Special
Investigations; and DeKalb Police Department; with valuable
assistance provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
This case was brought as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Stolen Treasury
Check Task Force. The Task Force is an informal group of 14 federal,
state, and local law enforcement agencies working together to
address the problem of stolen U.S. Treasury checks in the Northern
District of Georgia.
Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen H. McClain, Loranzo M.
Fleming, Christopher C. Bly, and Jeffrey Viscomi are prosecuting the
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public
Information Office at
USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet
address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the
Northern District of Georgia is
United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District Of Washington
First Veteran In Travel Fraud Investigation Sentenced To Prison
Conspired with Veteran Affairs Employees
to Defraud Travel Reimbursement Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2012
One of five military veterans who falsified their travel claims as
part of a conspiracy to defraud the Veterans Administration, was
sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to one year in
prison, three years of supervised release and $22,511 in restitution
for making false claims. AARON ADAMS, 50, of Seattle, defrauded the
Veterans Administration by claiming reimbursement for travel from
Pullman, Washington to the VA Hospital in Seattle, when in fact he
lived in Seattle and was not entitled to significant travel funds.
ADAMS is one of nine conspirators identified in early 2012 by an
investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of
Inspector General. U.S. District Judge James L. Robart imposed the
According to records filed in the case, two workers in the VA Travel
Benefits Office recruited veterans who were receiving health care at
the VA to lie about their travel to the medical facility. ADAMS
filed vouchers claiming he traveled from Pullman to Seattle for
appointments at the VA on Beacon Hill. ADAMS claimed he made 96
trips, with a mileage reimbursement from Pullman of more than $262
per trip. In fact, ADAMS never traveled from Pullman, and on 23 of
the dates he did not even have an appointment at the VA. After
collecting the travel reimbursement, ADAMS would split the
ill-gotten funds with two workers. Nick B. Hall, 46, of Seattle,
Washington and Keishjuan Daniels, 32, of Kent, Washington, are
scheduled for trial in January 2013. ADAMS pleaded guilty in August
Michael E. Seitler, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northwest Field
Office, stated that “the actions of corrupt government employees,
and this veteran, who conspired with them, served to divert precious
financial resources from the VA's critical mission of providing
healthcare to this nation's military veterans. The VA Office of
Inspector General will continue to aggressively pursue
investigations of this type and hold those responsible accountable
for their actions.”
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 8, 2012
CONTACT: BARBARA BURNS
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX: (716) 551-3051
MANCHESTER MAN SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE MILITARY DISCHARGE
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul,
Jr. announced that Marc S. Restucci, 58, of Manchester, N.Y.,
who was convicted of filing a false military discharge
certificate, was sentenced to two years probation by U.S.
Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case,
stated that the defendant made a claim for VA Disability
Benefits to which he was not entitled. When that claim was
denied, Restucci submitted false documents to the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs including a false DD-214,
Certificate of Discharge, which contained references to combat
service and awards received during Operation Urgent Fury, the
1983 invasion of Grenada. In addition, the defendant submitted
other items to the VA claiming to have received the Purple Heart
Medal for combat related wounds. Receipt of the Purple Heart
Medal creates a presumption of service connected disability with
Criminal investigators from the Department of Veterans Affairs,
Office of Inspector General, determined that the documents were
false. They also determined that Restucci never served in
Operation Urgent Fury, was never in Grenada, and never saw any
combat or action with a hostile enemy force during his military
service. The Certificate of Discharge was falsely altered to
include the award of the combat medical badge and the Purple
Heart Medal, and included a forged signature and notary seal.
The defendant was originally arrested and charged with a
criminal violation of the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a
federal crime to falsely represent that a person was awarded any
decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces
of the United States. He was, at that time, subject to an
enhanced penalty for falsely claiming to have received the
Purple Heart Medal. However, in June of this year, the United
States Supreme Court in United States vs. Alvarez found the
Stolen Valor Act to be unconstitutional under the First
Amendment thus precluding further prosecution.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Special
Agents from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs -
Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special
Agent In Charge Jeffrey G. Hughes, and Special Agents from the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special
Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.
Brooklyn Businessman Sentenced In Manhattan
Federal Court To 41 Months In Prison For Falsely Claiming To Be A
Disabled Veteran To Receive Government Contracts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Defendant Fraudulently Obtained Over $16 Million in
Contracts Set Aside for Veterans and Veterans With Disabilities
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that JOHN RAYMOND ANTHONY
WHITE was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 41 months in
prison for defrauding the United States government by falsely
claiming to be a disabled veteran, in order to qualify for certain
government contracts worth more than $16 million, and for his
efforts to cover up that fraud. WHITE was convicted in April 2011
after a five-day jury trial. He was sentenced today by U.S. District
Judge Sidney H. Stein.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “In addition to our
gratitude, the fine men and women who risk life and limb to serve
our country in the military deserve every opportunity to succeed in
business when they come home. And that is exactly why the programs
that this defendant defrauded with impunity were created. He will
now be punished for his crimes.”
According to the Indictment and the evidence presented at trial:
From June 2007 through June 2010, WHITE falsely claimed that he was
both a veteran and disabled in connection with awards for four
federal government construction contracts. The contracts were
administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
(“VA”) and the United States Department of the Army (“Army”) to
perform work for the VA in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. One
of the contracts was specifically set aside for small businesses
that were owned by veterans, and the other three contracts were
specifically set aside for small business that were owned by
veterans with disabilities. WHITE was neither disabled, nor had he
ever served in the military, but he falsely claimed to be a disabled
veteran in order to obtain the contracts.
During the course of the investigation in this case, WHITE made
false statements to a federal agent claiming that another person who
had served in the United States military was the majority owner of
his company, Mitsubishi Construction Corporation. WHITE then
attempted to have that person falsely claim to the VA that he, and
not WHITE, was the majority owner of the company.
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In addition to the prison term, Judge Stein sentenced
WHITE, 47, of New York, New York, to three years of supervised
release. WHITE was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine.
Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the Department of
Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Army Criminal
Investigation Command, and the Small Business Administration Office
of Inspector General.
The case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alvin Bragg and Lee Renzin are in charge of
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2012
ASHLAND, KY - A veteran
from Ashland, Ky., who made thousands of dollars selling counterfeit
military certificates online was sentenced Monday.
U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced 41-year-old Clinton
C. Douglas Salyer to three years of probation for affixing
fraudulent seals to military certificates. Of the thirty-six month
probation sentence, Salyer will serve six months in home detention.
Salyer previously admitted that he manufactured and sold thousands
of fake military certificates. He used an eBay store and an internet
website to solicit the forged certificates which announced honorable
discharges, military awards and military training from all branches
of U.S. Service.
Court documents say Salyer sold approximately 2,800 fake
certificates and made around $42,000.
According to his plea agreement, Salyer forged seals of the
Department of Defense, Navy, Army, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of
Kentucky, Quentin G. Aucoin, Special Agent in Charge, VA OIG,
Southeast Field Office; Jeffrey Arsenault, Special Agent in Charge,
DCIS, Central Field Office; and Tim Reeves, Special Agent in Charge,
NCIS, Central Field Office, jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by the Department of Veterans
Affairs Office of Inspector General, the Defense Criminal
Investigative Service, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Assistant United States Attorney Laura K. Voorhees represented the
U.S. Attorney’s Office in this case.
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