Former Army Lieutenant Colonel charged with collecting pay while in prison

Dennis Dockery's mugshot (State Department of Corrections)

A Former US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel was arrested Friday after authorities discovered he was collecting military paychecks while serving time for assault in Fort Leavenworth prison.

According to Fox News, 52-year-old Dennis Dockery was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery and first degree larceny by defrauding a public community- forging documents which made it appear that he was serving at Fort Leavenworth from 2011-2012, instead of being imprisoned there.

A US Army Reservist, Dockery was entitled to a portion of his state salary while he was serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. However, had it been known he was imprisoned, he would have had to forfeit the benefit.

Dockery served 17 months at Leavenworth after assaulting a woman while on active duty and engaging in two inappropriate relationships with subordinates while downrange during a ‘09-10 Iraq tour.

Despite being dismissed in a court-martial, Dockery continued to unlawfully collect $5,182 in state salary. Following his time in Leavenworth, the Army received a tip about the fraudulent pay and investigated accordingly.

After his imprisonment. Dockery worked for the Department of Corrections at the Connecticut-based Enfield Correctional Institution but was fired in May, only four days before he was set to retire.

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