St. Lucie County, FL – Man Arrested for Posing as Decorated Military Member

November 27, 2018

Key Largo, FL – Father Arrested After Leaving Toddler at CampsiteSt. Lucie County, FL (November 26, 2018) – According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Cary Haerlin, 56, from Port St. Lucie obtained and wore medals, ribbons, and badges fraudulently then claimed to be a decorated member of the United States Marines. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Haerlin did serve in the Marines; however, he was dishonorably discharged in 1986 and served no time in combat or overseas.

Haerlin is being charged with unlawful use of uniforms medals or insignia, uttering a forged instrument, and third-degree grand theft after claiming to be a decorated member of the United States Marines.

Fraud Charges in Florida

In Florida, an individual who is charged and convicted of third-degree grand theft can spend up to five years in prison and face $5,000 in fines. This type of crime can have a serious impact on a person’s life and their ability to maintain stable employment successfully in the future.

At Musca Law, we understand that it is critical to ensure individuals facing fraud charges have their legal rights protected throughout their entire case.  Our criminal attorneys are aggressive in defending our clients and work diligently to ensure that our clients are given the very best legal representation available in Florida. 

With over 150 years in combined experience representing individuals, we work aggressively to ensure individuals facing these serious crimes are represented fairly in a court of law.  We ensure that every possible legal avenue will be utilized in the defense of our clients.  If you or someone you know is being charged with fraud, contact us at (800) 687- 2252 today for a free legal consultation.

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