Fallen Soldier's Pictures Used on Fake Facebook Posting

Friday, 06 Dec 2013 09:48 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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The sister of a fallen war veteran is outraged that his photos have been used in a fake Facebook account and a dating website profile.

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Pucino, 34, of Bourne, Mass. died in 2009 when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while on combat patrol in Afghanistan during his third tour of duty.

His sister Lisa Pucino-Haglof said she was disgusted when an acquaintance recently told her someone using her brother's photo and even his name tried to “friend” him on Facebook, the Cape Cod Times reports.

“His pictures and name were used on a dating site before, and we had that taken down,” said Pucino-Haglof, 34. “I don't understand why someone would want to do this.”

Pucino's family learned that a photo of the Green Beret's image had been used to create a false Facebook page by someone claiming to live in Dallas.

"I was about coming out of my skin," Pucino-Haglof also told Fox News. "I don't even know how to describe it. I mean, the anger, it was hard to sleep that night. I was so furious that someone would disrespect his name and pose as Matthew, he's a fallen hero."

A photo of Pucino with his two sisters from the genuine Matthew A. Pucino Memorial Foundation’s website, which was established by his family after his death, was also used for a fake profile on an online dating service, according to reports.

In the Facebook case, the family contacted the social networking company and asked to take down the fake profile immediately, but was told that it had to follow a process, which angered Pucino-Haglof.

"They have measures; they have the ability to figure this out quickly," she said of Facebook, which planned to have the page removed by Thursday night. "They should show respect for him."

Pucino-Haglof called the whole ordeal “such a betrayal,” and added, “He's a hero. He fought and died for this country. Let him rest in peace.”

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