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Former Army Lieutenant charged with collecting paychecks while serving prison time

July 11, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former Army Lieutenant charged with collecting paychecks while serving prison time

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Authorities have arrested a former member of the Army Reserve, who served prison time for assault, at a federal penitentiary for collecting prison checks while he remained locked up behind bars.

According to Military.com, the 52-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Dockery faces two counts of second-degree forgery and a single count of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community.

The military charged Dockery with forging documents to conceal the fact he was locked up at Fort Leavenworth and instead make it seem as if he was serving prison time at the facility.

The former reservist was entitled to a portion of his state salary while activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom as a reservist.

However, Dockery having served 17-months at Leavenworth from Sept. 2011 to Oct. 2012 was found guilty of engaging in two inappropriate relationships with subordinates while serving a tour in Iraq from July 2009 to April 2010 and assaulting a woman while on active duty.

He would have forfeited benefits if it was known he was incarcerated.

As a result, he was court-martialed from the military. However, while serving his prison sentence, authorities say Dockery illegally collected $5,182 in state salary.

After completing his sentence, Dockery went to work for the Department of Corrections. The Army launched an investigation after receiving a tip about the alleged fraudulent payments.

Dockery had his job terminated by the Department of Correction on May 27, four days before he was set to retire.

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