CHEAPSKATE COLONEL FROM CARLISLE
BARRACKS SEEKS "CHANGE OF VENUE"
IN TRIAL FOR TRYING TO AVOID PAYING
CHILD SUPPORT IN PATERNITY CASE
DIRTBAG SCOTT CARLSON DUPED WAR
COLLEGE CLASSMATE INTO HELPING HIM
FAKE DNA TEST - LTC BRUCE ADKINS
MAY TESTIFY AGAINST FORMER PAL
SEPARATE TRIALS SOUGHT - ANOTHER
SCANDAL ROCKS ONCE-RESPECTED
ARMY WAR COLLEGE IN PENNSYLVANIA
For once, we can all agree on one thing. COL Scott Carlson appears to be a real lowlife.
The 52 year-old Army War College graduate hauls down some $120,000 a year as a fat cat colonel, yet he's so "cheap" he tried to cheat his way out of paying child support to a woman who isn't his wife. In fact, MilitaryCorruption.com has learned the female is a former soldier of Carlson's when he was a battalion commander at Fort Lee, Va. in the late 1990's.
Yes, Carlson has a wife and family. At least for now. Apparently the first they learned of him fathering a daughter out of wedlock was when the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office in Pennsylvania pressed charges against the colonel and his fellow classmate, LTC Bruce Adkins.
ATTEMPTED PATERNITY FRAUD SCHEME FALLS APART
According to court papers, the lover-boy Lothario had grown tired of sending money to his ex-galpal and dreamed up a scheme to avoid paying anything at all to support his nine year-old offspring.
Investigators say Carlson pressured Adkins into helping him commit paternity fraud.
The plan was for 46 year-old Adkins to portray himself as Carlson at the local Domestic Relations Office. The substitute colonel carried Carlson's wallet and ID card, signed Carlson's name, and provided a thumb print and DNA sample.
Naturally, the DNA would come back other than Col. Carlson's and the tightwad officer would be in the clear. Or so he thought.
A worker at the DRO spotted the difference in appearance between Adkins and Carlson and alerted her boss. A photo of Adkins was shown the unwed mom in Virginia and she shook her head. "I don't recognize this man at all!" she told authorities.
That's when the hair-brained scheme came totally undone.
ADKINS FELT HE "OWED" CARLSON A FAVOR FOR HELPING HIM
GRADUATE AWC COURSE
Why would a seemingly intelligent officer like Adkins participate in such a crazy scheme? Well, court papers reveal Adkins felt he "owed" Carlson a favor after the more senior colonel - Adkins was a light colonel in 2007 - helped him get through a tough time trying to graduate.
Adkins suffered a mild heart attack a few months before completing the course and was afraid he might wash out. He'd met Carlson when they both signed up for the same bowling league at the Barracks. Carlson took Adkins under his wing, helped him out, and they both got their diplomas from the Army War College. But by then, the alleged criminal conspiracy had taken place and it was only a matter of time before Carlson would be caught.
In a motion filed in Cumberland County Court, Carlson's lawyers are seeking a "change of venue" because of all the publicity the case has garnered in the community. Besides the widely-read MilitaryCorruption.com, WGAL-TV, WHTM-TV, WHP-TV, the Carlisle SENTINEL and the daily newspaper in Harrisburg have all given the matter extensive coverage.
COLONEL WILL TESTIFY AGAINST CARLSON IF PROSECUTION WANTS HIM TO
Included in the legal action was a request for a separate trial. That should be fine with both parties. Adkin's lawyer, George Abeln, told reporters while he has yet to take an official position on severing the trials, his client will fully cooperate with prosecutors.
"If they want him to testify against Carlson, that's what we'll do," the attorney said.
Both officers face a laundry list of charges including tampering with and falsifying evidence, obstruction of justice, attempted forgery, and engaging in a criminal conspiracy. A conviction on any of these counts would mean the end to each colonel's military career. If Adkins, who says he first turned down Carlson's plea for help in the paternity dispute, feels "duped" and deeply regrets giving in, can "cut a deal" with prosecutors, he'll likely avoid incarceration.
As for "cheapskate" Carlson, he faces nothing but trouble ahead. The money he sought to save by being crooked has proven very costly indeed.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Once-respected Carlisle Barracks, home of the Army War College, has suffered from a series of embarrassing scandals in the past few years. To read up on some of the cast of characters, be sure to "click on" the "related stories box" at the end of the previous article listed below.]