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    [COLOR="Blue"][B]Why are people prone to doing this? I have personally witnessed individuals embellish military service from people who have and havent served.[/B][/COLOR]

    Faker gets 3-year prison term

    Moneymaker said he was combat vet, bilked VA out of benefits
    By Michelle Tan - [email]mtan@militarytimes.com[/email]
    Posted : September 15, 2008

    A soldier who lied about his service record and combat injuries to scam more than $18,000 in disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs was sentenced Sept. 5 to three years in federal prison.

    Randall A. Moneymaker also was ordered to pay $18,449.32, the amount he received from the VA, in restitution, said Craig Jacobsen, the assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, who prosecuted the case.

    Moneymaker was found guilty March 24 by a jury in Roanoke, Va., and faced a maximum sentence of 35 years.

    During the sentencing, Moneymaker apologized to the military, the court and his family, and asked for probation, Jacobsen said.

    Moneymaker’s family, including his mother and sister, sobbed when the three-year sentence was announced, he said.

    Moneymaker now has about 60 days to report to prison, and he likely will be placed in a correctional facility in North Carolina, where his daughter lives, said Jacobsen, who also is a lieutenant colonel assigned to the Army Reserve’s 12th Legal Support Organization.

    “I think it was a fair and just sentence,” Jacobsen said. “Hopefully it’ll be a deterrent to others who contemplate doing this.”

    Defense attorney C.J. Covati said he could not comment beyond the statement his client gave in court.

    Before he was caught, Moneymaker claimed he was a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama and Grenada. He also said he was an airborne Ranger who had earned two Combat Infantryman Badges, a Combat Action Badge, two Combat Parachutist Badges and a Purple Heart, and was expertly qualified in the M16 rifle, the M60 machine gun, the M203 rocket launcher, the pistol, grenades, bayonets and tank weapons.

    He also said he had parachuted with numerous foreign militaries, had the Pathfinder and Special Operations Diver badges, and suffered physical and mental scars from combat.

    But the list of achievements spanning a 20-plus-year Army career was completely fabricated.

    Moneymaker, who lives in Clayton, N.C., but had a residence in Roanoke, joined the Army in December 1983 as an infantryman, according to his DD 214, which was entered into evidence during his trial.

    He was assigned to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Stewart, Ga., but he was given a general discharge about a year and a half into his six-year enlistment. He was an E-2, his DD 214 shows, and a pattern of misconduct is blamed for his early exit.

    Moneymaker, who never deployed, used a fake DD 214 to join the Army Reserve in 2003.

    Moneymaker started inquiring about retirement benefits in October 2005 when he met a retirement specialist from Human Resources Command at Fort Lee, Va. The man offered to help and told Moneymaker to submit his DD 214.

    When he received the DD 214s, the retirement specialist, named Robert Gruver according to court records listing him as a witness for the prosecution, wrote back to Moneymaker to tell him the forms were riddled with mistakes and asked for verification.

    He never received any backup documentation from Moneymaker, and things further unraveled from there.

    In December 2005, as officials took a closer look at Moneymaker’s records, Moneymaker began contacting the VA in Roanoke, according to court records.

    When the VA couldn’t find his medical records, officials scheduled a March 2006 medical exam in Salem, Va., for Moneymaker, who claimed during the exam that the scars on his back were the result of shrapnel wounds received in combat in Panama. He also told the doctor that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

    The VA ruled that Moneymaker qualified for 50 percent disability for back, knee and hip problems from the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, and hearing loss that resulted from what he claimed were artillery explosions and firefights. He did not receive a disability rating for PTSD, but for those other supposed wounds, Moneymaker received $18,449.32 in disability payments over a period of about a year ending in August 2007.

    During the trial, the examining physician from the VA testified that the scars on Moneymaker’s back were in the same locations as incisions made during previous liposuction procedures.

    Evidence submitted during trial showed that Moneymaker had liposuction three times between May 2001 and November 2003.

    The last payment Moneymaker received from the VA, for $901, was made Aug. 31, 2007. By then, prosecutors were almost ready to indict Moneymaker, and the check was canceled in September 2007 before he had a chance to cash it.

  • #2
    [QUOTE]During the trial, the examining physician from the VA testified that the scars on Moneymaker’s back were in the same locations as incisions made during previous liposuction procedures.[/QUOTE]

    Classic! :D

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    • #3
      What a last name.... Moneymaker....LOL!

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      • #4
        Need to bring back public floggins and stocks. :D

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        • #5
          fakers

          I was amazed at all the people who fake there records. I went to pownetwork.org and went through there site. I could not believe all the people on there, some of whom had been awarded some respectable medals and still lied about there service.

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          • #6
            [QUOTE=WO1 Quinones]

            He was assigned to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Stewart, Ga., but he was given a general discharge about a year and a half into his six-year enlistment. He was an E-2, his DD 214 shows, and a pattern of misconduct is blamed for his early exit.

            Moneymaker, who never deployed, used a fake DD 214 to join the Army Reserve in 2003.
            [/QUOTE]

            Just makes you wonder about those RE-Codes

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=WO1 Quinones]Just makes you wonder about those RE-Codes[/QUOTE]

              True; President Clinton (blessed democrat) reduced the military in the 90's by the tens of thounsand we wouldn't need to build up the Army and Marine Corps. That isn't the case it is paramount now. However, I too worry about all the RE waviers. In a ideal world I would prefer quality over quantity; It isn't the case we need to raise more boots on the ground (combat arms).

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              • #8
                The 203 is a Rocket Launcher?? I need to get better Ammo!! All mine does is go "Thoomp".. not "Whish"... This guy is a real winner, I bet if we held out his 214 would have said Space Shuttle Door Gunner!! Wannabe Ninja :mad:

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                • #9
                  [QUOTE=Phantom]The 203 is a Rocket Launcher?? I need to get better Ammo!! All mine does is go "Thoomp".. not "Whish"... This guy is a real winner, I bet if we held out his 214 would have said Space Shuttle Door Gunner!! Wannabe Ninja :mad:[/QUOTE]


                  too funny. its just a civilian interpretation. Its like the article on the DC sniper. It was written that he had a marksman badge so it was inferred this guy was sniper material lol

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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=WO1 Quinones]too funny. its just a civilian interpretation. Its like the article on the DC sniper. It was written that he had a marksman badge so it was inferred this guy was sniper material lol[/QUOTE]

                    Sniper material or not you have to admit even as a marksman he was a pretty good shot!

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                    • #11
                      He was a great shot, shooting out of the trunk of a car, and mostly kills. He wound up having connections to crime in my area. But he didnt put it on his DD214 like this guy did.

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                      • #12
                        My girlfriend was actually talking to a guy, who replied that he was "In the Army, not the Navy" when she said "Aye, aye" for some reason.

                        So he starts telling her all this bull****, like how he was a Ranger Captain in Iraq who somehow was only leading 6 men in all kinds of combat scenarios. When I came into the conversation, he stuck to his story for about 10 minutes of questioning before I just punched his story so full of holes that he completely buckled. I told him that people get prison sentences for that thing, and he shut up quick. Never heard from him since.

                        It's a shame people try that sort of thing.

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                        • #13
                          Outstanding troop; obviously he was using this old tactic to hit on your girl. I have to be civil here but when I was an enlisted (young and dumb) and this happened; more than his story would have gotten punched.
                          Last edited by WO1 Quinones; September 8th, 2008, 06:06 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Ok so this is my first post. And for the record I am in the process of joining the Army National Guard right now (no prior service). I am 36 years old, married with two kids, I think that I may be in for one heck of a ride!

                            When I was younger I worked at a gun store. I had "Navy Seals", "Rangers", you name it, come in and tell me their war stories. I usually had fun talking to them! You would think a "Ranger" would know how to clear an AR-15 wouldn't ya?? Honestly I dont think that one of those guys was for real! Whats the point? (God! I hope that they weren't hitting on me!!).
                            But really, it's sad if you think about it. They must have ZERO self worth!

                            I am now looking forward to Joining! And if anyone of you REAL Vets has any advice for a new member I would like to hear it! I can use all the help I can get..
                            Thank you

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                            • #15
                              wow the car-15. that is some old term back to the Vietnam days. but we call it the M4.

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