Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stolen Valor: John Golino!!

Man Sentenced To 10 Months For Falsifying War Record To Collect Benefits

December 20, 2010 - A former U.S. Navy mail clerk from Connecticut has been sentenced to 10 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, after admitting that he fabricated a story about a traumatic military record in Vietnam, where he never served, to collect some $80,000 in government disability benefits.

John Golino, 61, formerly of North Haven, will also have to pay restitution to the government.

Golino claimed falsely on a veteran's benefit application that, while serving in Vietnam with a special forces unit of U.S. Navy SEALs, he went through experiences, one of which he received a purple heart for, that caused him to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Golino said that he had been forced to shoot a teenage girl who was trying to throw a satchel of explosives; watched a booby-trapped baby explode in the hands of a friend; and suffered shrapnel injuries to a wrist and a leg during an encounter with Viet Cong forces in Cambodia. {continued}

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