Cheektowaga, New York- Last month we began getting emails from SSG Pucino’s sisters about the stolen photos of their Fallen Brother Matthew. We get emails like this every day, and most of the time they turn out to be scammer’s from Nigeria.
They sent us a list of things they had found out about this fake profile, and they were right, it did not fit the normal Nigerian Scammer profile. They took the information to the police, and after an investigation, they arrested Brandon Ashraf for impersonating her brother.
I told them that I would not post up the evidence they sent us as we do not want to impede any case against this scum. But I do hope they bring more charges against him, he should be charged under the Stolen Valor act of 2013 as well as the other charges they have against him. The charges currently against him are only misdemeanors.
According to Buffalonews.com:
The arrest of Brandon Ashraf, 28, of Doat Street, followed an investigation into actions that occurred on the Internet in 2011 and 2012, according to Capt. Jim Speyer, a police department spokesman. Ashraf was charged earlier this week with a misdemeanor count of criminal impersonation.
Ashraf is accused of impersonating Army Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino of Maryland, a Green Beret who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Nov. 23, 2009. He was 34.
Speyer said that Pucino’s sister, Melissa, contacted town police after receiving information that a Cheektowaga resident was using her brother’s identity.
An investigation by Detective Joseph Crean revealed that Ashraf had set up various Internet accounts using his identity, as well as photographs of him, Speyer said. Ashraf allegedly went so far as to set up a meeting with a woman in Florida with whom he had made contact over a dating site.
Another of Pucino’s sisters had told a Boston television reporter in December that the person using his identity claimed to be from Dallas. A photograph of him used to create an account on a dating website had come from the Matthew A. Pucino Memorial Foundation website, she said.
According to that website, Pucino was on combat patrol near Pashay Kala, in eastern Afghanistan, when the vehicle in which he was riding was struck with an improvised explosive device.
Pucino had grown up in Massachusetts, where his father, Albert, was a State Police captain. Matthew Pucino had earned a college degree in criminal justice, but enlisted in the military in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Members of Pucino’s family couldn’t be reached for comment.
Following arraignment before Town Justice Paul Piotrowski, Ashraf was released without bail pending further court action.
I am glad they arrested this bottom feeder, but I do wish they would pursue more charges against him. I will release more information on this case when we can, as we do not want to release anything prematurely.
Here is a photo of the Fallen Hero that this guy tried to impersonate:
Here is a link to the SSG Matthew Pucino Memorial Foundation ran by some of his family: SSG Matthew A. Pucino Memorial Foundation, Ltd, Go give them a like and tell them we sent you over.
We will update you on this as the case progresses.