The family of a fallen soldier is outraged after learning that the hero’s identity had been stolen and used in an Internet dating scam.

Brandon Ashraf, 28, has been charged with criminal impersonation. Police say he used photos of staff Sgt. Matthew Pucino on Facebook as part of an international “catfish” game to see who could keep a fake Internet relationship going the longest.


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Matthew’s sisters, Lisa Pucino-Haglof and Melissa Pucino, were on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss the scam. They say Ashraf’s victims alerted them of what he was doing and they compiled the information before turning it over to detectives.

“I want Matthew to be remembered as the courageous and brave soul that he is. He never hesitated to put his life on the line for anybody. He doesn’t need to be remembered in this way,” Melissa said.


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