It is the unforgettable story starring a 32-year-old American who, by buying medals online, has managed to defraud dozens of veterans and trade associations by collecting more than 250 thousand dollars.
For many war veterans it was almost become a symbola young woman who had served in the Marines fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, being wounded and also getting lung cancer from exposures to US military camp fire pits. In reality it was none of these and the woman had never even shouldered a rifle but he had invented everything just to collect funds and donations reserved for war veterans.
It is the unforgettable story starring Sarah Jane Cavanaugh, a 32-year-old American who with this trick managed to defraud dozens of veterans and trade associations grossing more than $250,000 between funds and benefits provided for veterans and donations.
The 32-year-old from Rhode Island went on and on about her fake story as a wounded Marine Corps veteran diagnosed with cancer until early doubts toppled her house of cards late last year. The woman was charged and finally, last Tuesday, she vsentenced to nearly six years in prison and to return and reimburse the sums collected.
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According to the reconstruction of the investigation against him, it all started when worked as a social worker at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Providence. Dealing with documents from wounded veterans on a daily basis, he decided to take on the role. You used your location to access records belonging to a real Marine with cancer and then you forged them to claim you served in the Army and got sick.
To make sure everything worked, Cavanaugh even bought uniforms and medals online, wearing them publicly at events and gatherings. She even asked her gym colleagues to tie her shoelaces because her war-related injuries prevented her from tying them herself.
A staging that many had believed so much that she’d gotten money out of even the same veteran whose data she’d first stolen doctors and also to be appointed as a representative of a veterans’ association. So she was able to have money to go shopping, pay bills and health insurance but also get a dog. The scam only came to light when, with yet another request for funds, an association conducted a military background check and discovered that I had not served.