Back in July, we talked about Javier Sanchez, a phony Marine working for Michelle Bachmann in Congress. Today, Wendell sends us a link to the KSL.news which reports that Gilbert Prado who worked for Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz has been busted for defrauding the VA.
Prado “falsely represented” to Veterans Affairs that he was injured during combat in Iraq in 2006, prosecutors allege. The indictment doesn’t question that Prado served in the military.
Prado has talked about his military service in several Utah newspapers, including the Deseret News three years ago when he worked in a field office for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
Prado was interviewed in March 2005 as he prepared for 545-day tour of duty in the Middle East as an Army Reserve staff sergeant with the 146th Transportation Company. The Ogden Standard-Examiner story said he worked as a mechanic in the Army Reserve for 17 years.
According to the indictment, Prado claimed during evaluations for VA benefits that an improvised explosive device exploded 40 feet from him and threw him into the side of a truck. He said he suffered a concussion and broken ribs as well as blurry vision, headaches and short-term memory loss.
Prado, 49, also told the VA that during a convoy mission he shot at an approaching vehicle and killed two men, and that he had recurring nightmares about the shooting, according to the indictment. He said everyday activities such as work and driving caused him to remember the explosion and the shootings.
He also said he injured his elbows breaking down doors during house-to-house searches.
None of those stories is true, according to the indictment.
He got his job in Congress through their WOunded Warrior hiring program so some deserving veteran missed out on a job because of this monkey-boy. He’s facing a fifteen count indictment for the $18,000 he defrauded the VA.
Chaffetz said he couldn’t say much because it’s a personnel matter, but at some point his office became concerned about the authenticity of Prado’s story.
In other words, like all phonies, he talked too much. I guess that’s an easier way to catch phonies than actually looking at their records. Funny, when I got my government job, I had to show my DD214 and I needed a letter from the VA verifying my compensatory disability.
Category: Phony soldiers