Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Military Photographer on Trial for Fraud

The Miami Herald reports that reservist Petty Officer Elisha Leo Dawkins, 26, is charged with a single count of making a false statement on a 2006 U.S. passport application when he did not report that he had started to apply for one a year earlier.  The federal trial opens Tuesday with probable jury selection in a downtown Miami courthouse.  Dawkins, a military photographer, went on to serve honorably in the Army in Iraq and Navy in Guantánamo after he allegedly lied on his passport application.  The article points out that the Dawkins apparently grew up believing he was American and that’s why he enlisted.  The case "has energized pockets of Miami and the military."