FORT BRAGG: Fort Bragg soldier demoted for using fake identity - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Fort Bragg soldier demoted for using fake identity

Posted: Updated:
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -

A soldier who used his brother's identification to join the Army 25 years ago has been demoted after a court-martial at Fort Bragg.

Sgt. Maj. William Anthony Morrone Jr. was convicted Wednesday of fraudulent enlistment and making false official statements, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

Prosecutors said Morrone used his brother Gerald's name and Social Security number throughout his 25-year military career.

William Morrone said he used his brother's identity in 1988 because he could not get back into the Army after getting a less-than-honorable discharge in the early 1980s.

William Morrone said he loved the Army. 

"It's the best thing in the world. It really is," Morrone said, choking up. "So I came back in."

The military judge demoted Morrone to sergeant first class.

Morrone has spent much of his 25 years at Fort Bragg, though he served in the first Gulf War and later in the Iraq war zone.

Military prosecutors had asked that he be demoted to private, given a dishonorable discharge, have his pay and benefits terminated and be sentenced to prison.

Gerald Morrone of Wake Forest, testified Wednesday morning that he learned in 1989 that William Morrone had used his name to rejoin the Army.

Gerald Morrone said he asked his brother to resolve the identification matter, but he received about seven notices from the Internal Revenue Service over the years about William's income from the Army.

The IRS questions were resolved with letters or phone calls explaining that he had never served in the Army, Gerald Morrone said.

Gerald's wife, Jamie, was troubled by the identity theft. She said her name was on an IRS letter several years ago regarding William's military income. She said she contacted law enforcement to report the identity theft.

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
  • Jones County Teens Charged With Manslaughter

    Jones County Teens Charged With Manslaughter

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-08-30 00:46:43 GMT
    Alexander CrewsAlexander Crews
    MOSELLE, Miss. - Jones County Major Jamie Tedford tell us deputies responded to a call just off of Old River Road at around 9:20 Wednesday night. We're told deputies found 17-year-olds Alexander Crews and Timothy Meadows standing near a pick-up truck as the body of 44-year-old Timothy Williamson laid on the ground. According to Tedford, Crews' mother has some type of relationship with Williamson. Authorities say she was at the scene and made the call to 9-1-1. "The statement we had gotten was...
    MOSELLE, Miss. - Jones County Major Jamie Tedford tell us deputies responded to a call just off of Old River Road at around 9:20 Wednesday night. We're told deputies found 17-year-olds Alexander Crews and Timothy Meadows standing near a pick-up truck as the body of 44-year-old Timothy Williamson laid on the ground. According to Tedford, Crews' mother has some type of relationship with Williamson. Authorities say she was at the scene and made the call to 9-1-1. "The statement we had gotten was...
  • 3 killed as protesters clash with Pakistan police

    3 killed as protesters clash with Pakistan police

    Sunday, August 31 2014 6:30 AM EDT2014-08-31 10:30:44 GMT
    Pakistani police are clashing with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in...
    Thousands of anti-government protesters tried to raid the official residence of Pakistan's prime minister, sparking clashes with police that killed three people and wounded nearly 400 amid cries for the premier to step...
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.