Cheektowaga Man Arrested for Impersonating Soldier Killed in Action
Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) Cheektowaga Police have arrested a man for using online the identity of a soldier killed in action.
Police say the sister of Matthew Pucino, a soldier from Maryland who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, alerted Cheektowaga Police a resident of the Town of Cheektowaga was using her brother’s identity on Facebook and dating websites. "She had told us she was in contact with a woman who found an internet dating service, and saw his name and picture being misrepresented, and someone was impersonating him," says Captain Jim Speyer. Speyer says Pucino's sister tracked the man down to Cheektowaga and did the legwork for investigators.
Detectives say their investigation found 28 year old Brandon Ashraf of Doat Street, Cheektowaga had set up various internet accounts using Matthew Pucino’s identity. "It's a tragedy to lose a brother, especially at a young age in the line of duty, actually a war hero, and for someone to take advantage of it, is disgusting," says Speyer.
Ashraf used information and photos of Matthew Pucino and even went as far as to set up a meeting from one of the dating sites with a woman in Florida.
Ashraf was arraigned by Judge Paul Piotrowski and released on his own recognizance.