Walt US Marine Sentenced After Conviction

#1
He got off pretty lightly IMHO:

Fake Marine Sentenced to Probation
June 22, 2010
Tampa Tribune
A man who pretended to be a highly decorated Marine will serve three years of probation, including 120 hours of volunteer work, probably in the service of veterans.

"I really admire the military," Angel Ocasio-Reyes, 49, said before he was sentenced today for three federal misdemeanor charges under the Stolen Valor Act. "I never meant to hurt anyone."

Ocasio-Reyes, of Tampa, bought a beribboned Marine master gunnery sergeant uniform at an Army Navy surplus store in New York and paid a friend $25 for a DD Form 214, an official military discharge document, showing Navy service.

He altered the form, typing in his address and a slew of medals and decorations, including the Navy Cross, making it appear as though he served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was injured in combat.



He went to American Legion halls -- at least three times to Post 148 in Riverview as well as visits to Post 111 in Seminole and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Seminole.

"He fit right in," said Commandant Roger Golden of Marine Corps League 567, who served twice in Vietnam. "You've got a Navy Cross on your chest, you're God. Everybody respects that. ... We took him to parties with us, we took him to a picnic and then come to find out, it just terrible; it's a big disgrace"

Ocasio Reyes said he was ashamed and embarrassed. "I apologize to all the veterans and all the military and their family ... It's a really bad thing that I did."

Veterans who packed the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Mark Pizzo were unmoved by the defendant's apologies.

"If I see him around the V.A. hospital, I'm going to let everybody around there know who he is and what he is," said Vietnam veteran Dennis Antle of Tampa, who said his brother earned the Navy Cross the hard way. Ocasio-Reyes, he said, is "lower than scumbag."

Eventually, the real veterans noticed inconsistencies in his story and notified authorities. In March, Ocasio-Reyes pleaded guilty.

Defense attorney Adam Allen said Ocasio-Reyes posed as a decorated veteran "because he looked up to that position, looked up to those awards. ... It was something that he always wished he had accomplished in life. He was honored to be in the company of those men."

Pizzo today noted that the Navy Cross was created by Congress in 1919 and is the highest decoration given by the Navy for extraordinary heroism that doesn't justify a Medal of Honor. "There have only been a couple thousand Marines who have been awarded the Navy Cross."

Sentencing guidelines called for Ocasio-Reyes to receive between zero and six months in prison, but Pizzo said time behind bars is "not appropriate" for Ocasio Reyes.

Allen said the defendant's father is a military veteran, who has talked to his son about what he did. "He's dishonored his father," the federal public defender said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Hansen said that as a veteran who served more than 22 years of active duty, he was "outraged" at Ocasio-Reyes' affront to "to the honor and integrity of those veterans who earned those medals, often posthumously."
http://www.military.com/news/article/fake-marine-sentenced-to-probation.html?ESRC=marine.nl
 
#2
jumpinjarhead said:
"He fit right in," said Commandant Roger Golden of Marine Corps League 567, who served twice in Vietnam.
...alarm bells start ringing.
 
#3
pombsen-armchair-warrior said:
jumpinjarhead said:
"He fit right in," said Commandant Roger Golden of Marine Corps League 567, who served twice in Vietnam.
...alarm bells start ringing.
It is interesting that almost every one of these low lifes wears the Navy Cross AND USMC parachutist insignia--must be a Walt Instruction Manual out there somewhere.
 
#4
jumpinjarhead said:
It is interesting that almost every one of these low lifes wears the Navy Cross AND USMC parachutist insignia--must be a Walt Instruction Manual out there somewhere.
Author (claimed): His Imperial Excellency, Field Marshal M Golden (Late PARA)

Stealth-written (ghost not being hard enough): Cyril Clunge
 
#5
Idrach said:
jumpinjarhead said:
It is interesting that almost every one of these low lifes wears the Navy Cross AND USMC parachutist insignia--must be a Walt Instruction Manual out there somewhere.
Author (claimed): His Imperial Excellency, Field Marshal M Golden (Late PARA)

Stealth-written (ghost not being hard enough): Cyril Clunge
I dunno--you have to admire someone like Golden who was willing to start all over after his glory days of being 2d man on balcony with THEM, or wait a minute....was it the Legion? :D
 
#6
I've always been under the impression if you wanna get away with something illegal for personal gain, you never get to greedy, draws to much attention.

So why the fcuk does every walt go for MC, DSO with 3 bars, Navy Cross, VC or MOH.
 
#7
British_And_Proud said:
I've always been under the impression if you wanna get away with something illegal for personal gain, you never get to greedy, draws to much attention.

So why the fcuk does every walt go for MC, DSO with 3 bars, Navy Cross, VC or MOH.
I think your question answers itself--the vast majority of them are not the sharpest tools in the shed in the first place and their burning desire to BE someone other than the (almost) pitiable piles of meat and bones they are removes whatever slight degree of "sense" they may have.
 
#8
They should be hung drawn and quartered on full display. Would soon put a stop to their ill-gained bit of fame.
 

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