Randall Moneymaker, a former Army recruiter, was sentenced to three years in prison and will be required to repay $18,449 after being found guilty of falsifying documents. The ruling was filed on Thursday, January 13th, by U.S. District Court Judge James Turk in Roanoke.
Moneymaker falsified records claiming that he served in the Mideast and the Caribbean, amongst other places to secure his employment, and in 2008 was convicted of six charges related to fraudulent benefits claims and theft. During his three day trial, Moneymaker’s list of declared service related wounds and honors was brought into question by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake Jacobson.
U.S. Attorney Jacobson proved that there was no evidence that Moneymaker was an Army Ranger, served in combat, or had the numerous honors he had claimed. Furthermore, the prosecutor suggested that the scars Moneymaker claimed were from shrapnel were most likely the result of liposuction.
Judge Turk’s summarization of the trial stated that Moneymaker was only an active duty infantryman between December 1983 and March 1985. He was discharged in March for misconduct and not allowed to ever re-enlist. Moneymaker later applied for disability benefits in 1997 and was denied.
Moneymaker falsified documents which suggested he had served as an active duty service member from 1985 to 2002 to join the Active Guard Reserve in 2004. He became a recruiter in 2005, and in that same year filed for disability benefits. Moneymaker was awarded a 60 percent disability rating, and received disability compensation until August of 2007.
After Moneymaker was found guilty, he filed an appeal to reduce his sentence in the summer of 2010. He presented a new letter from the VA which he felt reinstated a few of his disability payments. Moneymaker believed that if he did deserve some of the money he received his sentence should be reduced because his level of fraud wasn’t as high.
However, the VA’s letter was not a complete decision. The reinstatement was only a proposed decision which was later retracted after Jacobson’s prosecution. Judge Turk stated that the VA’s “unclear and contradictory” proposal had no bearing on the case, and that Moneymaker’s convictions and sentence would remain.
Moneymaker is currently imprisoned in North Carolina and is scheduled to be released in May of 2011.
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