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Fake war vet gets harsher charges from Denver DA

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Denver District Attorney’s Office is charging a man with three new felonies; he already is accused of pretending to be a war veteran for 24 years.

Mark Mulcahy, 47, who allegedly pretended to be David Anderson, was advised of the new charges Monday: theft, criminal impersonation and forgery. The warrant for those charges states the Denver District Attorney’s Office was notified about the case April 15 by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Glenwood Springs.

The office charged Mulcahy on March 19 with seven felonies after a Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General investigation determined Mulcahy received $6,296 in upper gastric hernia surgery at no cost to him by pretending to be a veteran. Mulcahy was arrested Feb. 28.

The real David Anderson, a U.S. Army veteran, lived in California and died in a bicycle accident in 2006, according to an arrest affidavit. Mulcahy, who never served in the military, allegedly told people he was an ex-Marine.

Authorities said Mulcahy somehow obtained a “DD-214” form in Anderson’s name. The form is issued upon separation from military service.

After being contacted by the VA investigator, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office determined Mulcahy provided false information and forged documents when he was booked into the jail or talking to authorities between 2005 and 2007. Deputies believe he pretended to be Anderson each time, forging the name on jail booking seats and even providing a VA beneficiary card with Anderson’s name on it.

The affidavit said Mulcahy became commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post and served under Anderson’s name through May 2005.

At least one person reportedly was sentenced to community service who said it amounted to personal chores at Mulcahy’s New Castle home.

County employees previously referred inquiries to Garfield County director of general services agencies Dale Hancock. He acknowledged people might have been sentenced to do community service there. But he said, as far as he knew, no one suspected anything about the VFW post until Mulcahy’s arrest.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office found a “forged VFW post flag” in Mulcahy’s home, among other items, according to court documents.

Mulcahy’s brother said the two are from Springfield, Ill., and have a total of eight siblings. Mulcahy also had lived in Washington, Oregon and California, his brother said.

Mulcahy was already in custody on $45,000 bond, but for the three new charges out of Denver, Magistrate Ruben Hernandez set Mulcahy’s bond at an additional $10,000 on Monday. He said Mulcahy probably would go to Denver to face prosecution after resolving his case here.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the case because it didn’t meet a minimum amount of financial loss, according to the arrest affidavit. The VA Office of Inspector General began investigating after a phone tip from Mulcahy’s wife, who was angry after she discovered he’d allegedly been hiding his true identity from her.

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