Army Veteran Busted For Stolen Valor
December 5, 2019
Recently, an Army veteran from Columbus, Georgia was busted for stolen valor, and lying to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about trauma he suffered in the Middle East. The Army veteran also claimed he was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star medals. All lies!
As a result of his mistruths, the Army veteran received more than $76,000 in disability benefits for made-up psychological trauma.
Public records releases indicate that he was not deployed to Afghanistan, never suffered PTSD and never received the two medals.
Gregg Ramsdell, 61, faces up to six years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to stolen valor and making false statements to the VA.
After being Honorably discharged, Ramsdell applied for disability payments from the VA on September 7, 2014, reporting that he witnessed war atrocities in Afghanistan from October 2008 through March 2009, according to public records.
A few of the atrocities Ramsdell claimed he witnessed first-hand included "women holding babies while detonating themselves," "IED explosions causing severe bodily injuries and death" and "having blood and body excrements being blown onto his body and military uniform.
FBI investigators discovered that Ramsdell actually served "interrupted periods of enlistment" in the Army, the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard and the Army Reserve from 1981 to 2014. None of his terms of enlistment include tours to the Middle East.
VA Investigators Nab "Blind" Veteran
June 22, 2018
A veteran in Jacksonville, Florida, has been accused of play-acting to be a blind veteran in order to collect compensation benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Through the use of video surveillance, VA investigators report they caught Army veteran Jose Calderon-Fuentes doing rigorous yard work at his home, and driving himself in his privately owned vehicle (POV). All instances caught on camera involve Calderon-Fuentes working and driving by himself.
VA investigators maintain it didn’t take long to nab Calderon-Fuentes in the act of working and driving. Most surveillance cases take weeks to make visual contact, however, Calderon-Fuentes was caught on the first day of surveillance coverage.
It is yet to be determined, but, it looks as if Calderon-Fuentes could face up to 10 years behind bars for what appears to be a case of disability fraud.
VA investigators report that Calderon-Fuentes claimed to be bilaterally blind (blind in both eyes usually as the result of arterial blood flow to the eyes), so he could collect thousands in VA compensation benefits.
According to VA investigator reports, Calderon-Fuentes was service-connected at 100 percent for multiple disabilities, chief among them, bilateral blindness. As part of the investigative discovery, VA investigators unveiled that Calderon-Fuentes applied for and received a driver’s license in Puerto Rico. Part of the process of getting a driver’s license in Puerto Rico involves driving by yourself on a controlled driving route. VA investigators also discovered medical evidence that showed Calderon-Fuentes has 20/50 vision in both eyes.
Sentencing for Calderon-Fuentes is scheduled for September 2018.