Fake Veteran Scam

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GREENWICH POLICE DEPARTMENT
Police Administration Building
11 Bruce Place
Greenwich, CT 06830
Phone (203) 622-8000
Fax (203) 622-3240
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2011
P r e s s R e l e a s e
Contact: Lt. Kraig Gray
Phone: (203) 622-3620

Fraud
Phony Veteran Scam
GPD Case # 11-101271

On June 16, 2011 members of the Greenwich Police Department Detective Division executed an arrest warrant for the below listed subject for swindling money while posing as a Veteran in need.

Jesus M.Garcia
DOB 10/10/1990
19-12 Armstrong Court
Greenwich, CT

and

484 Van Wyck Lake Road
Hopewell Junction, NY

The arrest warrant charges Garcia with the following crimes:

False Representation of Armed Force Uniform 53-378 Misd.
Fraudulent Use of Military Insignia 53-377 (4cts) Infrac.
Larceny 5th 53a-125a Felony
Larceny 6th 53a-125b(2cts) Misd

For over a year, Garcia has been falsely stating that he was an Army Ranger who was combat wounded after serving four tours in Afghanistan deceiving his friends, family, and the public. Military officials confirmed that at no time had Jesus M. Garcia been a member of the US Army. Garcia had split his living arrangements between a home in New York and a home in Greenwich, CT. During the time he was at one residence he would explain his absence from the other as military related which was patently untrue. On May 27th, 2011, Garcia met with Greenwich Police Captain James Heavey in anticipation of Garcia speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony. During conversations with Captain Heavey, it quickly became apparent that Garcia was a fraud and provided an investigating officer with a false name and date of birth. Garcia was arrested that day for Interfering with an Officer 53a-167a.

The Greenwich Police Department Detective Division continued to investigate Garcia and found two financial victims of his fraud and other instances that he posed publicly in uniform purporting to be a Soldier.

Garcia was released after posting a $2,500.00 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on June 24, 2011

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