Fake Glenwood veteran gets prison term
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Mark Mulcahy was sentenced Thursday to four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, plus three years of parole for pretending to be a Marine veteran for 24 years.
Mulcahy apologized to 9th Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre, to the Garfield County jail, to the people he’s hurt, to his girlfriend, and finally, he apologized to the Glenwood Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, of which he became the commander in 2004 under the assumed identity.
“There is no limit to what I (will) do to make this right,” Mulcahy told the court.
Mulcahy’s attorney, Peter Rachesky, argued that Deputy District Attorney Ed Veronda’s request for the four-year prison sentence did not fit the crime, noting Mulcahy only committed identity theft.
Judge Petre disagreed, saying the sheer scope of a crime spanning 24 years made the case a serious offense.
“I’m sorry it has come to this,” Petre said. “I hope you can make good on your promise to make things right.”
Mulcahy was arrested Feb. 28, 2008, and charged with seven felonies for allegedly giving a false identity to local law enforcement. He pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft as part of a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors said Mulcahy pretended to be David Keith Anderson, also known as David Keith Ronayne, for more than two decades. Mulcahy said Thursday that he assumed Anderson’s identity to help Anderson.
“I wasn’t trying to violate anyone,” Mulcahy said as he addressed the court. “I knew David Anderson. We did it as a favor to him.”
Mulcahy said the reason for the situation was that the real Anderson wanted to leave the country and didn’t want his family to be able to find him.
According to past news reports, the real Anderson lived in California for most of the 24 years Mulcahy used his identity. However, Anderson reportedly died in a bicycle accident in 2006.
Anderson served in the U.S. Army in 1973-’74, but Mulcahy, pretending to be Anderson, claimed he served in the Marine Corps. Mulcahy was able to obtain a “DD-214” form in Anderson’s name, which is issued on separation from military service.
Mulcahy still faces theft, criminal impersonation and forgery charges in a Denver case for allegedly scamming the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Denver into performing surgery on him. Mulcahy allegedly received a free gastric hernia surgery in 2003 and 2004, to the sum of $6,296, using Anderson’s identity.
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