Army investigator involved in Green Beret's murder case accused of stolen valor

news

An Army investigator involved in the case of a Green Beret charged with murder has been suspended from his duties and charged with stolen valor, according to Dan Lamothe at The Washington Post.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Delacruz, who has been a special agent with the Army's Criminal Investigation Command for more than four years, was charged with "unauthorized wear of a Purple Heart, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Combat Action Badge and is accused of submitting a package to an Army promotion board that stated he earned a Purple Heart when he did not," the Post wrote, citing a CID spokesman.


The charges were first reported by NBC News.

The accusations throw a new wrench in the ongoing case of Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, who has been accused of murdering a suspected Taliban bomb-maker during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. The Special Forces soldier admitted to the killing during a CIA polygraph in 2011, but was not charged at the time due to lack of evidence.

Soon after Golsteyn admitted to the killing in an Oct. 2016 interview with Fox News, the Army charged him with premeditated murder in Dec. 2018.

According to Golsteyn's lawyer, Philip Stackhouse, Special Agent Delacruz was assigned to the case sometime in 2016. In a letter to Lt. Gen. Francis Beaudette, the head of Army Special Operations Command, Stackhouse wrote that it came to his attention that Delacruz had committed "acts of 'stolen valor'" and had "held himself out as a Special Forces soldier, infantryman, sniper, and bragged about killing people in combat."

"Ironically," Stackhouse wrote, "He's bragged about losing his Special Forces Tab for an alleged bad shoot in combat — the same allegation made against Major Golsteyn. To much of this he has admitted to being a liar and doing so for personal gain."

The charge of stolen valor from Golsteyn's defense team was just one of three matters mentioned in the letter, which asked for Baudette to waive an Article 32 hearing — a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to go to court-martial — in lieu of demanding a speedy trial. Among the other concerns were the Army ordering Golsteyn back to Fort Bragg, making it harder to meet with his lawyers, and apparent problems with his pay.

Stackhouse closed the letter by asking that Baudette dismiss the murder charge against Golsteyn and allow him to medically retire.

"The investigation into my actions began over seven years ago when the Army saw I intended to resign for an opportunity to work for a government agency," Golsteyn told Task & Purpose in a statement through his attorney in Nov. 2018. "After four years of investigation, it resulted in the Army seeking to administratively separate me. For over two years now the decision to separate me or retire me has been pending in Washington, D.C. During those years, the Army allowed me to move on, begin a new career, and start a new family.

"If it's true they now want to prosecute me for allegations that have already been resolved — this vindictive abuse of power must know no limit. My hope is that Army leadership will stop this vindictive plan and effect the retirement that is pending."

SEE ALSO: Trial of Navy SEAL accused of murder delayed by 3 months

Maj. Matthew Golsteyn in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Philip Stackhouse.)
(U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Ken Scar)

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace.

It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said.

Read More Show Less
(U.S. Army/Capt. Richard Barke)

First, America had to grapple with the 'storm Area 51' raid. Now black helicopters are hovering ominously over Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio first reported on Monday that the Army has requested $1.55 million for a classified mission involving 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Read More Show Less
(Facebook photo)

Camesha Walters was a petty officer 3rd class living in Norfolk. Her husband was a foreign national living in Bangladesh.

But to boost her take home pay, Walters told the Navy in 2015 her husband was a U.S. citizen living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She said she needed larger housing and cost of living allowances to support him.

Walters, 37, was sentenced Friday to five months in jail on charges she stole almost $140,000 from the federal government.

Following her release, she will be on house arrest for six months. She also must perform 200 hours of community service and pay full restitution.

Read More Show Less
(Shit My LPO says 4)

If it looks too good to be true, chances are it probably is.

Read More Show Less

In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."

"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."

Read More Show Less