Usually, this kind of Stolen Valor douchebaggery makes me want to see these guys punched in the mouth. I'll settle for him getting a stretch in the state pokey.
(MSN) Cary Haerlin, 56, certainly looked the part in his decorated dress blues uniform each year at the Marine Corps League Ball and various conventions.But detectives say he got his medals online, and his influential position as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps League by forgery.
“I received information from another Marine Corps League member who was onto his hoax and didn't think everything was truthful,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Detective Matthew Brewster.Brewster, himself a Marine, requested Haerlin’s official discharge document.
Brewster said it shows Haerlin was a refrigeration mechanic who was discharged in 2000 as a private first class under conditions "other than honorable.” The reason was listed as drug abuse.
But Brewster said Haerlin forged a copy of the document to indicate that he was a machine gunnery corporal, who served in combat overseas and received a slew of honors and citations.
“I couldn't believe it - I was kind of hoping something was truthful to it, but nothing was true, even down to his basic rifle and pistol badge, that was false as well,” Brewster said.I have to think the guy had attained some higher rank than PFC in 2000 - when he was 38 years old. That has to be his adjusted rank after a court martial and separation. But if not, what a sad sack to only be lower level enlisted at nearly 40, and then get shitcanned for doing drugs. Some guys are retiring at 38. Recruiters should be saddled with a negative letter for signing up a slug like that if it happens on their first hitch.
He added that Haerlin used the forged document to secure a local position in the Marine Corps League, a national veterans group, in 2008.
His position as judge advocate meant he helped decide bylaws and other rules for the group.
He also traveled each year to League events, and was able to get reimbursed for that travel. According to the arrest document, Haerlin took almost $3,000 in reimbursement money – the reason for the charge of grand theft.
“I know he stayed in some nice hotels,” Brewster said.
Haerlin at first denied the forgery when finally interviewed by detectives, Brewster said. It was only when Brewster told him he was also a Marine, and he should have some honor and come clean, that he said Haerlin admitted it.
“He would only give a one word reason why he did it – ‘stupidity,'” Brewster said.
But what an enormous skidmark on the world's underpants. Kudos to the FL detective who unsaddled that jackhole.
Hope he enjoys prison. And his new boyfriend.