WHAT A $CAM! - ARMY RESERVE LIGHT COLONEL
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Dennis Dockery knew he had to "go away" for a while.
The burly Army Reserve lieutenant colonel had just been convicted of sexual assault against a civilian woman in Hamden, Conn. while on active duty and been sentenced to serve 17 months behind bars at the Leavenworth DB.
The 52 year-old schemer, however, cooked up a scam that boggles the mind. By forging Army "orders" for him to be on "active duty" at Fort Leavenworth, the dummies back at his civilian job as a - get this - "corrections" officer, wouldn't be the wiser as to what Dockery was really doing out there in Kansas. Thus, the convicted criminal's state pay check continued to come to his bank account just like clockwork.
That made Dockery the first DB prisoner we know to ever get "paid" while doing hard time at the Disciplinary Barracks. Records show the folks at Enfield Correctional Institution were unaware of Dockery's real status all the time he was defrauding the state.
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
But, like most "con-men," eventually the ex-colonel's crime caught up with him. He had been released from military prison - after losing his rank, pension and benefits from the USAR - and was back working as a corrections officer. Someone tipped the authorities what Dockery had really been doing all that time he was supposedly off on extended active duty. In Connecticut, state workers still get paid when "called up" or ordered to military service.
Now Dockery is in danger of losing everything.
His military career in the Army Reserve has ended, he's been hit with charges of first degree larceny and second degree forgery. It looks like the "scamster," who kept convicts behind bars in his civilian job, will now be joining the prison population in the Nutmeg State.
And talk about timing. Dockery was all set to retire from his Conn. position on June 1st of this year. Authorities busted him on his latest offense just three days prior to that. In the end, the clever former field-grade officer out-smarted himself.