Maryland court convicts man for Stolen Valor and fraudulent documents
Not two days ago I said I try to avoid doing too many Stolen Valor stories, but this one has been nagging me endlessly for the past year, and it came to a conclusion yesterday, so wanted to share it.
On Christmas Eve of last year Jonn Lilyea did a story on a guy named Jason Scaletta, who occasionally went by the name Jason Grey. And the other name was put to good use, because while he was claiming that he was jumping into Afghanistan as a Special Forces soldier, he was actually a guest of the Maryland Department of Corrections at the time.
You should go read that link above (again, CLICK HERE) but he was the director of a veterans charity with claims of being an injured special forces soldier with extended combat duty in foreign theaters. In actuality, he was a career criminal. That alone should have raised numerous red flags.
So Jonn Lilyea had done the research, and as is customary, shared it all with me, so I could put a second pair of eyes on all the documentation. This is needed, because sometimes the records themselves just happen to be wrong, but they are always wrong in the same ways, and it never hurts to double check your work. One thing the records never do though is show you doing combat jumps halfway around the world when you are incarcerated. Jonn and I agreed the documentation was solid, and then went the extra step to actually contact Scaletta/Grey as well as the organization. We shared all the documentation, and explained to them that we didn't want to destroy their efforts, but that we would publish the story, and they should get ahead of the problem.
Our thanks in that regard was to receive this email from Scaletta's supervisor at the veterans organization:
You are a particular kind of stupid at you.
Having been told by your chain of command Jason is valid and to leave him alone you want to make further threats of filing false charges and turning peoples phone numbers over to the FBI.
Hollow threats from a moron who doesn't even understand what governing body has jurisdiction over what. I recommend you read the legal definition of fraud before you accuse someone of it.
I did take your advice and start an investigation: on you. your a pathetic little petroleum handler who is so jealous of real soldiers that you have been for years fasley accusing them of crimes. You make fake women profiles on face book to harass people. Regardless of what evidence you are given to prove you wrong you continue to stick by your delusional assumptions. [...]
I personally think you have criminal intent in demanding peoples "documentation" from third parties. But I will clarify that with one of my relatives who was a senior deputy attorney general.
To contact some ones employer and declare them a fraud with no evidence at all is not only immoral but criminal. Apparently you didn't even read the website before you declared Jason a fraud.
News flash sparky. We already knew everything your information source told you about Jason. Everything! Operators sometimes use different last names, especially when a terrorist group like ISIS is running around kidnapping and beheading them.
You are now my new pet project. Regardless of what Jason does I will not rest until you are held accountable for your non-sense.
So flash forward to yesterday, when WBOC was there for the criminal trial of Jason Scaletta, for the exact thing we informed his employer about 355 days ago:
It took a jury in Wicomico County a little more than a half hour to decide that 34-year-old Jason Scaletta was not a military veteran and was guilty of the crimes he committed while representing himself as someone who has served his country.
Scaletta was found guilty Tuesday night of theft of more than $1,000 but less than $10,000 along with possession and use of false government identification. Scaletta was arrested back in June after a police investigation revealed that Scaletta was saying he was a military veteran in order to receive benefits that he was not otherwise entitled too.
That investigation revealed that Scaletta was receiving help on his rent and electric bill from a veterans support organization. According to military documents that Scaletta provided, he had three deployments overseas and was awarded numerous military service medals and honors. Witnesses from the military testified on Tuesday that the two documents that highlighted Scaletta's military career were false and forged.
Here's the thing that was a dead give away to anyone who understands the Army. Scaletta is 34 years old, and was wearing 3 combat infantryman's badges. In order to have 3, one would have had to fight in Korea. You do not get a CIB each time you deploy, you get 1 for each period of war, and this current period of war has been open since 1990. These are not just minor errors that can be explained.
And where is our apology from the veterans organization that we gave the heads up to about the illegal activity of its employee? We don't know, not only did we never get one, they have actually refused to respond to numerous emails sent since Mr. Scaletta was initially arrested.
UPDATE: Scaletta was given 10 years on these charges, and still faces Federal charges. Additionally, I just received an apology from the organization, which has apparently let the individual who threatened me with the lawsuit go. So a victory on all accounts. The Maryland Department of Corrections now lists Scaletta as "Commitment Record Issued" which presumably means his 3 hots and a cot life has begun.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.