Scaletta trial begins September 29th

| August 31, 2015

Scaletta mugshot

Someone sent us this video report on the latest court room dealings of Jason Scaletta, the fellow who we busted back in December and was arrested in May when he tried to defraud the VA with his forged DD214. His trial date is set for September 29, 2015.

His lawyer blames the Army for “faulty record keeping” that Scaletta “served honorably”. However, both the defense and prosecutor told the reporter that the information that police got from his computer and his flash drives won’t be part of the trial;

WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 –

I don’t know how that will work, actually. He forged a DD214 with the intent of defrauding the government before we intervened. Here’s the forgery;

Jason Scaletta DD214 Forged version

They may have felt sorry for him and given him an honorable discharge, but it doesn’t change the fact that he did about 50 days of active duty service from June 20, 1999 until August 20, 1999, and he didn’t finish basic training which was eight weeks back then.

Jason Scaletta 2-1

When he claims that he was in Afghanistan, he was actually facing charges for writing a bad check and he was involved in that case from October 2001 until April 2002.

Jason Scaletta Jumps into Afghanistan

Jason Scaletta jumps into Afghanistan2

Too many people would have had to keep bad records to argue against that evidence – the Maryland National Guard, the Army, the National Personnel Records Center and the Maryland court system. Maybe we’ll all get lucky and Scaletta’s lawyer will show another forgery during the trial.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Ozzie 11B says:

    First!

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Evidently, someone screwed up in talking with Scaletta/Grey such that statements he made to police will not be used and evidence obtained from his computer will likewise not be used. No matter. What he said to a TV reporter and others is fair game and the records you mention are independent of the knucklehead’s computer. The defense will argue that anything mentioned in a computer-generated email must be tossed but that won’t work unless prosecutors would not have known about things such as a DD214 but for whatever was on the computer. He’s dead meat, buried by his own big yap.

    • Hondo says:

      Another possibility that comes to mind for me is that forging a military discharge certificate might not be a specific crime under MD law (I could easily be wrong). I believe his trial is in MD state court, not Federal court.

      • Isnala says:

        Its still illegal in Md. Here an okay link with a good layman’s definition/explanation and a actual Md code citation:http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/forgery-laws-maryland.htm

        Given this individuals rather public statements, media, blogs and such I’m surprised they are arguing inevitable discovery on the computer. Unless the police fouled up chain of custody or the handing (mis-handling) of said computer/files during examination.

        • Isnala says:

          oops should have read are NOT going to argue inevitable discovery…

          Sorry for the mistakes, not enough caffeine on a Monday.

        • Hondo says:

          I think there may be (from the MD law perspective in this case) a problem with the necessity for “apparent legal significance”. MD’s fraud laws seem to be strictly economically focused. Unless used to apply for veteran’s preference or a state veteran’s benefit, forgery of a DD214 may be held to be merely lying (as the SCOTUS held some time ago in invalidating the previous Stolen Valor Act) and thus of “no legal significance” to an economic fraud case.

          Further, the article you cite contains a section indicating some fraud-related crimes (forgery of Fed govt documents) are typically handled in Federal courts vice MD state courts. I suspect this is what’s going on here – alteration or forger of a Federal DD214 is a specific Federal crime (18 USC 498), and would therefore not be prosecuted under MD fraud or forgery laws.

          Not a lawyer, so I could be wrong. But it’s my understanding that state/local DAs don’t typically use their resources to prosecute stuff that violates specific Federal law.

          • Isnala says:

            IANAL either but that’s for your take on the fraud stuff. Still wondering why the computer and its files are admissible, then again if they are only useful in determining he forged the DD-214, then they may not have bothered.

            • Isnala says:

              Meant to say Thanks… darn tiny phone keypad and autocorrect.

            • Hondo says:

              You’re welcome. Not sure if that’s what’s going on, but prosecutors are like everyone else: limited resources and more work to do than time/resources to do it.

              Doesn’t mean Scaletta’s off the hook regarding those, though – particularly if the MD authorities still have (or forensically imaged) his computer. The forged DD214 and his false VA claims are separate Federal crimes for which the state of MD isn’t prosecuting him. Should MD provide that evidence to the US Attorney, he/she might wish to “discuss” a few things with Scaletta after the state of MD is done with him. (smile)

  3. OldSarge57 says:

    Any bets on claiming PTSD from basic? It happens more than you can imagine…

  4. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    PTSD from boot? Not unless the VA gives disability ratings for saltpeter in the potatoes, that shot into the left nut with the square rusty needle, etc.

    • OldSarge57 says:

      You and I know that, but the VA gets comp claims all the time with that as the reason. Of course now if that doesn’t work they claim MST. If there’s “free” money to be had, those who haven’t earned it will do everything they can to get a piece.

      The Undersecretary of the VA sent an email praising the VA for clearing the backlog. This was listed as the bottom line for processing claims:

      1) Integrity
      2) Quality
      3) Grant if you can – Deny only if you must!

      Very few C&P examiners at the VA want to be lableled as obstructing progress and taking the time to investigate suspect claims, so 1 & 2 don’t count when it comes to numbers.

      Maybe when things quiet down they will start to review some of these bogus claims, but I doubt it. The only time they get ocassionally noticed is when the “veteran” wants more money and comes back with new claims.

      In case no one has noticed, being paid for not working leads to alcoholism and drug addiction – if not already present. And becoming compensation/welfare dependent is an addiction all by itself.

      These comments do NOT apply to real wounded or seriously ill veterans. They have earned every benefit they get and in a lot of cases, even more.

      • Skippy says:

        he may have gotten some sand or salt in his Vagina or Vag,
        if so this may have be the Foundation for his B.S. PTSD Claim…

        BHWHAHAHAHAHAHA………. LMAO.. ! ! ! !

  5. scotty says:

    He’s going to be living across the mountain from you yet Jonn.

    Just a matter of time.

  6. HMCS (FMF) ret. says:

    That top pic looks like Jason is cravin’ himself a cockmeat sammich with extra manmayo something fierce…

  7. Green Thumb says:

    He needs to drop his attorney and go with Bermaggot.

  8. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    In his jailboy personal ad he says he’s “a typical guy when it comes to grease and motors…” FORGET IT squash-head, Bubba says he’s first, he gots his motor running, and he’s a’ comin’ in dry, bite the pillow, bitch!!

  9. Just an Old Dog says:

    He is looking at 3 felony Fraud charges 1 for over 1,000 and one for over 10,000 He is going to do a pretty decent stretch.

  10. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    His attorneys will put forth a solid defense that includes extraterrestrials, missing time and SPEC OPS!

    Excellent strategy.

  11. Jarhead says:

    You know, we see so much of this bull shit every day that we could all make PTSD claims for being exposed to reading a never-ending stack of phony wannabees. It’ll never happen, but a pleasant dream……..If only those exposed on this site had to wear a badge of honor/shame for being such a lying poser. Similar to what the sexual predators and abusers have to carry with them from town to town, and register as a sex offender. What would be so wrong with these phonies having to register, and every home within a mile be notified? Add to that they cannot live within 1/4 mile of a Veteran’s office, any organizational headquarters such as a VFW or American Legion, any cemetery where ANY veterans are buried, any VA medical facility, any former or current military facility including any base, any home or business that has the American flag waving daily, on and on it goes until the only place for a wannabee will be near the city sewage plant. Turds of a feather belong together.

  12. SGT fon says:

    I’m thinking i might just dust off my uniform from the closet and go to his trial on the 29th….