A former Levittown, Long Island, volunteer firefighter is facing felony charges after authorities say he attempted to gain pension credits without putting in the required work by creating counterfeit Army deployment orders.
Raymond Nicholson III, 34, of Levittown, was arrested Tuesday on two counts each of criminal possession of a forged instrument and offering a false instrument for filing.
Nicholson, a customs and border patrol agent at JFK Airport, perpetrated his scam from Feb. 2016 to Feb. 2017 by submitting two falsified orders to the Levittown Fire Department — orders that said he had been called to active duty with the Army, according to News 12.
News 12 reports a routine audit from the fire department brought attention to Nicholson’s military orders, officials say. Fire officials subsequently contacted the Army and the service confirmed that Nicholson was not called to active duty on those dates.
According to News 12, Nicholson is free on his own recognizance but is due back in court Sept. 25. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 2 1/3 years to seven years in prison.
Nicholson was honorably discharged from the Army in 2006, according to the report.
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