Angelo Otchy, Busted For Lying About Service, Arrested For Impersonating A Police Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 2010, Angelo Otchy was caught lying about his service and receiving a medal from officials in Verona for his sacrifice and service.  He told people he was the only survivor of an IED that ripped through his vehicle, killing three of his friends. Otchy’s uncle, a retired Army Colonel, was the first to call him out on his lies.

According to the Star Ledger:

The 35-year-old Army veteran told a reporter that day about his three tours of duty in Iraq. Voice dropping to a near-hush, he spoke, too, about the buried bomb that ripped through his Humvee, injuring him and claiming the lives of three friends, one of them a soldier from Paterson.

“I’m haunted by that day every day of my life,” Otchy told The Star-Ledger.

But Otchy wasn’t in that Humvee. He was at home in New Jersey when the soldiers died. And he didn’t serve three tours of duty in Iraq. He served half of one tour before he was sent back to the States for extended rest and relaxation.

A Star-Ledger examination of Otchy’s claims — including a review of Army records and interviews with military officials, members of his battalion and the blasted Humvee’s lone survivor — show the Verona man fabricated his story.

Otchy’s uncle, a retired Army colonel who now works as a surgeon in Fairfax, Va., alerted The Star-Ledger two weeks ago to the discrepancies in his nephew’s background. Daniel Otchy called his nephew a troubled man who has been in and out of the military all of his adult life and has a need to seek affirmation.

“I have always tried to support my nephew,” he said, “but what he’s done here is just not right.”

Angelo Otchy said he was granted a 100 percent disability benefit based on a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, a potentially disabling anxiety disorder that has affected hundreds of thousands of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Otchy’s diagnosis could not be independently verified. An Army spokesman, Philip Jones, said such records are not public.

 

Otchy did serve, and he was in Iraq, but wasn’t involved in any IED’s and wasn’t wounded. Retired Army SGT  Tanner Archibald was the only survivor of this IED, “To go out and make claims such as he’s doing, it’s very hurtful, and it just tarnishes exactly what we’re over their fighting for and what we’ve risked and what some of us have given our lives for,” said Archibald, 27, of Columbus, Ind., the Humvee’s driver that night. “It’s infuriating.”

This isn’t the first time he has been caught lying, he also claimed to have helped at “Ground Zero” after the attacks of 9-11.  He was interviewed by reporters near a triage station along the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan. Dressed in camouflage fatigues, he said he was a New Jersey Army National Guard Soldier who had conducted search-and-rescue operations atop the ruins of the collapsed Twin Towers.

“I must have come across body parts by the thousands,” Otchy said. His comments, captured by television cameras and picked up in an Associated Press report, were carried in newspapers around the world, translated into German, Japanese and Afrikaans.

A slightly longer account would later be published in the book “America’s Heroes,” about the response of rescue workers on 9/11. Records show Otchy wasn’t in the National Guard in 2001. In addition, Otchy’s uncle said his nephew told him he didn’t work on the pile at Ground Zero. “He admitted it to me,” Daniel Otchy said. “He said he never got close enough to see anything.”

The Star Ledger dug into his background and this is what they found:

Records show he joined the Army in December 1993, only to be discharged four months later. In May 1996, he enlisted in the Marine Corps but washed out of basic training. Otchy said he failed to qualify in weapons proficiency.

Just three months later, he joined the Navy. Again it didn’t stick. Otchy lasted less than a year before he was discharged.

“I didn’t want to do it anymore,” he said. “Some guys played a prank on me, locked me in a hold in a minesweeper. I said, ‘(Expletive) this. I want out.’”

The military does not disclose why service members are discharged unless a dismissal is related to a criminal charge.

Otchy’s uncle called his nephew’s aborted stints in the armed forces “mutual separations.”

In September 2005, Otchy tried again, joining the New Jersey Army National Guard. By July of the next year, the regular Army took him back, assigning him to the 25th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Otchy, a member of 2nd Battalion in the combat team’s 35th Infantry Regiment, left for Iraq in December 2006, records show. At Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuk, he served as a driver for a support company.

Otchy said he quickly had trouble coping with mortar attacks, the fear of driving roads studded with IEDs and pulling guard duty at remote communications towers.

“I broke down mentally,” he said.

Both Otchy and his uncle said the Army sent him home for extended rest. He arrived in New Jersey June 13. One day later, Archibald and other members of Bravo company set out on a night patrol that took them along a dirt road just outside Kirkuk.

The IED went off beneath the gas tank, flipping the Humvee and igniting a fireball that retired Sgt. Adam Whitney called “the brightest darkness you could ever see.”

“All the flames were inside the black smoke,” said Whitney, 29, of Hebron, Ky., who was in the second Humvee in the three-vehicle convoy.

Archibald, blood-covered and temporarily blinded in his right eye, managed to kick open a door and escape seconds before the fire erupted. Elazzouzi, Borm and Roberts died almost instantly. They were among 27 soldiers from 3rd Brigade killed during that 15-month tour, Whitney said.

It is the horror of the incident and the memory of fallen friends that makes Whitney and other members of the company angry about Otchy’s lie.

The Star-Ledger spoke with five members of Bravo company and exchanged e-mails with two more now in Iraq.

“That incident was probably the most catastrophic thing that happened to us when we were over there, and for someone to take that and find some kind of glory in it, that’s beyond disgraceful,” Whitney said. “I don’t even have words for that.”

Otchy said he now worries about his benefits, his standing in the community and his reputation among fellow veterans.

“I was wrong,” he said, “and I have to live with this humiliation forever.”

 

So now, here we are again almost five years later and Otchy is now impersonating a Police Officer.

 

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According to Philly.com:

A U.S. Army veteran once caught fabricating war stories was arrested Tuesday for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Angelo Otchy, 39, pulled up next to a woman on the Atlantic City Expressway Jan. 13 and flashed a badge, according to a news release from the New Jersey State Police.

As he motioned for the female driver to pull over, she became afraid and called 911, police said.

Otchy, behind the wheel of a blue 2013 Hyundai Elantra, allegedly followed the victim for four miles, until she pulled over at the Pleasantville Toll Plaza.

Troopers identified him as a suspect “through various investigative means” and took him into custody at his Toms River home, according to investigators.

Otchy became the subject of news reports in 2010, when he received a medal honoring his army service from officials in Verona, N.J.

At the merit ceremony, he said he was injured by an improvised explosive device during one of three tours he served in Iraq, according to a report from The Star-Ledger.

A subsequent investigation by the newspaper found Otchy bounced between various branches of the military throughout his adult life, was sent home by the army after just a half a tour in Iraq, and was not overseas during the explosion he discussed.

At the time, Otchy told The Star-Ledger he was “deeply sorry” for his embellishment and that he just “wanted someone to appreciate” his time in the armed services.

He was processed Tuesday on charges of impersonating a police officer and harassment, and released pending a future court date.

 

Below is a photo of the Soldier’s killed in the IED attack he claimed he was in: Spc. Val John Borm, 21, of Sidney, Neb, (left) and Sgt. Derek T. Roberts, 24, of Gold River, Calif. were killed June 14, 2007, in Kirkuk, Iraq, when the Humvee they were in hit an IED.

 

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It would seem that he is an habitual liar, I can’t fathom what he was planning trying to get a woman to pull over while claiming to be a police officer.  I am glad she was smart enough to call 911 before pulling over.

 

UPDATE: 20150609

Ochy contacted us today and began threatening us with a lawsuit if didn’t take his story down, said his lawyer was contacting everyone to have this removed google. It seems a lot of POSers and embellishers don’t take us seriously until they realize a search of their name and we are the first or second link on Google. Mostly thanks to all of our readers who have made our website pretty popular with the search engines.

He tried calling us out on several things, but we came back with facts, and in the end he gave up as you can’t fight the truth with lies. Below is the email correspondence between us and Ochy. (Excuse my typos and misspelled words, I was fat fingering emails from my phone.)

 

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If i had a dime for every email we get from these POSers trying everything in their power to get us to remove them from our website, I wouldn’t have to worry about funding our Org anymore.

 

 

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24 comments on “Angelo Otchy, Busted For Lying About Service, Arrested For Impersonating A Police Officer
  1. this is his cousin before all of you start to rag on him–what he did in 2010 was wrong and I agree but this arrest was bullshit and he was only trying to get the girl off the cell phone from texting and driving as she was swerving all over the highway damn near hitting a family in a minivan,he thought he was doing something good by flashing not even a police badge to the girl so she would put the cell phone down-so know your facts before all you losers pass judgement on my family member

  2. Your cousin is an idiot and a disgrace. Your “facts” come from a known pathological liar. Kudos to you though for knowing yours though.

    • EVERYONE CALLS HIM A LIAR BUT REALLY HE ISNT ,IN FACT HE’S ACTUALLY A KIND HEARTED PERSON-WHO MADE SOME MISTAKES–AND THE FACT THAT HE DID SERVE THE ARMY THE LAST FOR 3 YEARS AND FINISHED HIS CONTRACT “”HONORABLY””NO ONE CAN EVER SAY SHIT ON THAT..JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE

    • I read everyone’s comments out loud to my husband and HE realized that “Jim Geraci” is really Angelo Otchy. This dumbass likes to air his dirty laundry where everyone can hear him, in the neighborhood. That comment, where he is telling verbatim what Angelo said happened on the AC Express Way, what HIS words and exactly how HE talks. Do not fall for the BS. I believe the man needs help, and that he should take his medicine like a man. If his own Uncle turned him in, why would his COUSIN defend him. Angelo at it again. Lies Lies Lies. When will it ever end? He is still out driving around. Why?

  3. He is just one sorry S.O.B., he could not make it more than a few weeks or months in any service and he tried the army, navy and couldn’t make it thru Marine boot camp. he lies and live in a world that is made up in his own twisted mind.. living a lie and expecting people to take him for something that he is not.. He deserves any trouble that his lies bring him

  4. Jim your cousin is a waste of life, stolen valor, fuck bag. I laughed when they said he washed out of my marine corps. Stop defending him, you know he is wrong. If you can’t see what he did in all of these separate offenses, was astonishingly retarded, then you are just as fucking stupid as he is. Haze yourself.

    • hey zack I have said he was wrong but still while he was in the army he served his time “””HONORABLY”” he’s fucked up since getting out and he wasn’t always like that,and please don’t talk shit to me,i went to college and got a masters in business management-and at least he tried–I am gonna guess you never served a day in the military..so if you didn’t then how about you “”SHUTTING THE FUCK UP”” and if you did””THANKS”” but he is still family and we all love him and one day his name will be off google…cause I am taking this internet bullying to congress,sites like this -is really harassement–bullying–slander— so enjoy your sites while they are still up..

  5. oh yeah zack bye the way–with this whole “”STOLEN VALOR””BULLSHIT that medal was a non military issued medal that all veterans get…and he never profited from his lies and has earned everything he’s been given..so if you don’t know what you are talking about then you “””SHUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTH””

    • Jim, you are embarrassing yourself, stop this. I served 13 years active and reserve….this guy is a liar. You are blindly defending him because he is your blood. Just leave this website. His name is never coming off google for his insane acts.

  6. First off I served with your cousin. Second when he got to country he was always trying to get out of mission on a daily basis. So when he went around saying all these things about how many ppl died in an accident that happened was the last straw all he truly is, is a dam coward then don’t forget he went AWOL and begged to stay in Hawaii until the time we came back and tried my damnedest to kick his out and as for PTSD it must be from all the bullshit coming out of his ears so your cousin is lucky his ass even got a honorable discharge. He is a disgrace to this country, so take this to congress and fight for a coward, a liar, and a person who can not even commit to finishing his service contract.

  7. Jim, your cousin is a shitbag who did not serve his country honorably. Lying about his service, that’s not a ‘mistake’. I bought the wrong size washer at Home Depot yesterday, that was a mistake. He deserves everything he’s getting, and nobody is going to afford him the benefit of the doubt again, that’s just how it works when you do shit like that. That’s day 1 shit. His squad leader confirmed his shitbag status, and that’s really all you need to know.

  8. ok nick like you know so much–why does his dd214 say””honorable”‘and completed first enlistement–umm looks like to me that means he served his country with honor–what he did 5 years ago was stupid and was trying to get some recoginzation in a town in new jersey that basically gives 2 flying fucks about veterans,in fact Verona,nj is known for ANTI WAR ASSHOLES–so he’s human–how many other veterans or fake veterans wore medals and made themselves high rankers to gain “”free shit”‘ and they nowhere near get the punishment like my cousin did,NOW IS THAT FAIR…

  9. hey sgt Richard hernandez since you were my cousins squad leader–where in Kirkuk or back at schofield,cause I actually spoke with his old commander this past week someone name Donald woodworth and he told me -that yes what he did was wrong–he also did a good job in Iraq and also said he never complained about going out on mission or to some place called south retrains..i also spoke with other people like sgt buddy evans and ssg gagne who said my cousin was a soldier who followed “”orders”‘so how the fuck can you call him a “”coward””explain that to me senior el fuko–and I see why you didn’t respond on facebook…little spick ass bitch–come to jersey or I will even meet you in the big apple and we can discuss this issue like men..

  10. you say he didn’t finish his contract –I beg to differ cause he came over from the national guard from a active duty status and had done I think 14 months on the guard and his contract was for 3 years,and he served on active duty from sept 2006 to march 28,2008 and his contract was to end march 30th..ohhh he fell 2 days short,they still gave him that honor…

  11. hey Richard also know this when he came home FOR R& R it was your commander who decided to send him to walter reed for a mental health eval –and they said he should not go back–I read up on ptsd–all it takes is a few days in a combat zone before it cant start to warp a soldiers mind–and you speak of bullshit,i am very close to him and the pictures I got were non violent pictures except for one in april when he sent me a pic of a Humvee that I guess was hit–and he told me he prays that shit never happens to him..i also seen tons of videos and pictures out on missions as you people call them..so to call him a “”PUSSY”” is unfair cause I am sure there were other fuck shits that you were in charge of that quitted too cause they could not “”HACK IT”” so to say he’s a coward for quitting cause he mentally feared death and that fucked with his head is soooo unfair ,and what kinda fucking leader are you that you don’t stand by””your soldier””isn’t the army motto some shit like””leave no soldier behind””but I guess you left otchy to deal with all that shit on his own..when I spoke to him last week he remembers you,also told me he did ask you for help and you said some shit””like man up otchy””what kinda shit is that SARGE..anyways I can talk forver on this but you people “”””failed him””on the battlefield…and he told me that his C.O. even sent him to mental health there in Iraq and they eve said he’s showing signs of ptsd….WAR ISNT FOR EVERYONE and everyone is made different,to judge a man for quitting or actually in his case “”told not to go back””is bullshit ..cause at least he did more there then 99% of other americans..

  12. AND TO EVERYONE HE MY COUSIN WHOM I LOVE VERY MUCH MADE A MISTAKE-IS NO LONGER DEPENDENT ON THE US GOVERNMENT-HE HAS HIS OWN BUSINESS MAKING OVER $100K AND RECIEVES ABSOLUTELY SHIT FROM THIS COUNTRY,SO NOW YOU CAN ALL JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE AND LET HIM LEAVE HIS LIFE-AND WHILE YOU JUDGE HIM,THINK OF ALL THE OTHER IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS WHO GO AROUND AND PROBABLY MAKE UP “”BULL SHIT WAR STORYS””EITHER TO GET “”FREE BEERS”‘MAYBE “”PUSSY”” AND NEVER OR WILL NEVER GOT CAUGHT OUT IN THEIR LIES-SADLY MY UNCLE WHO HE ADMIRED CAUSE HE WAS A FULL BIRD COLONEL,THREW HIM TO THE WOLVES AND YOU ALL CHEWED HIM UP AND HAVE MADE HIM FEEL WORTHLESS–GREAT JOB TO ALL OF YOU–TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR OWN LIVES AND IF YOU ARE NOT WITHOUT “”SIN””THEN YOU CAN BE THE FIRST ONE TO CAST A STONE ON MY COUSIN,MY FRIEND,MY FAMILY

    • DEAR DELUSIONAL COUSIN JIMMY,

      UNCLE COLONEL DID ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT THING THROWING THE IDIOT TO THE WOLVES. BETWEEN THE TWO, WHY DO YOU THINK UNCLE COLONEL DID WRONG? IS IT BECAUSE ANGELO’S ALL DEPRESSED AND SHIT? WELL, FUCK HIM AND FUCK YOU. AND IF HE GOT OUT HONORABLY, HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE HIS VA BENEFITS TO WORK ON THAT DEPRESSION. ADDITIONALLY, I WONDER WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS HE’LL BE ABLE TO DRUM UP NOW?

      • I keep saying “Cousin Jim” is really Angelo. But Angelo gets NO benefits?????? Really????? He gets his Vets pension, SS disability AND he makes $35K a year on eBay. Words out of his own mouth. LIES! ohhhhhh it was not the war that made him lie. He has been a liar all his life. “This Ain’t Hell” blog has people telling all the lies that he has made up. How about the one where he told classmates that their friend died? He was taking a collection for the guys wife and kids cause “They are homeless”. One guy was so shocked he called the family, only to find out NO ONE died. BTW These people are not bullying anyone.

  13. What a troubled individual. I can only imagine what he would of done to that woman after pulling her over. He’ll be able to boast about his rap sheet after all the dust has settled, won’t need to fabricate that.

    • Which one? Jimmy or Otchy boy? Jimmy seems just as fucked up as Angelo. Jimmy seems to make up excuses for family and hides behind the computer. They both seem to make up stories. I wonder if Jimmy is otchy.

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