THEY GOT HIM! - NAVY COMMANDER FOUND
GUILTY OF STEALING MORE THAN $330,000 FROM
2001 ATTACK VICTIM FUND - CHARLES COUGHLIN
IN THIRD TRIAL CONVICTED OF FRAUD - FEDS
PROVE HE $CAMMED MONEY - MADE FALSE CLAIM
FOR BIG BUCKS - RAN NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
WHILE ALLEGEDLY INJURED - NOW ON WAY TO
JAIL - WHY JILL METZGER UNTOUCHABLE? - SHE
RAN AIR FORCE AND MARINE CORPS MARATHONS
WHILE GETTING 100% "DISABILITY" PAY - MANY
FEEL SHE LIED ABOUT KIDNAP IN KYRGYZSTAN
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It took two years and three trials, but the Feds finally got Navy CMDR Charles Coughlin for defrauding the government out of more than $330,000 from a 2001 Attack Victim Compensation Fund set up by the United States Congress.
The Naval Academy graduate and former submarine skipper was found guilty of exaggerating his injuries and faces at least three to four years in jail when he is sentenced by Judge Royce Lamberth Nov. 21.
The high-living retired Naval officer, who bought luxury cars and spent lavishly on himself with the scammed cash, bowed his head in court as the verdict was read.
Evidence presented during his three-week trial showed the so-called hero, who claimed to have banged his head and injured his neck while going back into the burning Pentagon building on 9/11 to search for other victims, lied about his injuries and participated in grueling sporting events a short time after his claimed disabilities.
Coughlin was pictured playing lacrosse and running in the 2001 New York City Marathon.
COUGHLIN CAUGHT RUNNING MARATHON WHILE "INJURED"
METZGER SCORES 100% DISABILITY RATING AND RUNS TWO
His brazenness recalls another case, that of the pampered and protected Maj (P) Jill Metzger (AKA Mayo). Many in the Air Force - including OSI agents who investigated her kidnap claims in Kyrgyzstan in 2006 and told MilitaryCorruption.com she lied - feel the onetime USAF poster girl is a fake, phony and fraud.
They were outraged when Metzger arrogantly ran in both the Air Force and Marine Corps Marathons while drawing 100% "disability" pay on the TDRL. Some suspected her close friend, the bloat-faced bully, Gen. Gary North, had cleared the way for her lucrative award and engineered her stunning return to active duty and imminent promotion to light colonel.
The Air Force has never come clean or even made an official statement on whether or not Metzger made a false official statement, went AWOL three days in Kyrgyzstan (after an alleged botched abortion), committed adultery, fraternization, disobeyed a standing order, and engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer.
The scrawny long-distance runner has insolently refused to comment. At least we have been spared the usual book, TV movie, and talk-show appearances on the feminist superstar circuit. Even Hollywood can't paper over her "the dog ate my homework" tale of derring-do.
North has such a reputation for brutality towards subordinates and control over wimpy Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton "the baboon" Schwartz, that no one - not even the secretary of defense - can reign him in. It is thought that as long as North runs the Air Force, Jill won't be properly investigated, much less prosecuted for any crimes she may have committed.
UNLIKE METZGER, COUGHLIN ON HIS OWN
No such luck for Charles Coughlin.
The 51 year-old retired three-striper will go to jail and lose his pension. His name will be disgraced. His conviction will unfairly bring shame and discredit to the U.S. Naval Academy.
But Coughlin is not Metzger. He is about to find out crime doesn't pay - in his case.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: For details on the long attempt by government prosecutors to nail, first Coughlin's wife Sabrina (for submitting a false statement), then dropping her from the case, and the bizarre details of the second trial, be sure to read our "related stories box" located just below this message. And while you're at it, say a prayer for the genuinely disabled veterans of our military who do not have powerful friends to protect and provide for them. These brave men and women aren't lucky enough to score a 100% disability pension right out of the gate, then, presto, come back on active duty like nothing happened before. For them, for all those who honorably wear Air Force Blue, we cry out for justice.]