Fallen Soldier's Photo Stolen for Fake Facebook Page in Sick Online Prank

Matthew Pucino was an American hero who died serving his country. The Green Beret soldier was killed while on combat patrol in Afghanistan in 2009. Since his passing, his friends and family have set up the Matthew A. Pucino Memorial Foundation, which pays respects to his life with an annual motorcycle ride.

In a display of total disrespect, someone recently stole his image off the foundation’s page, and used it to set up a fake Facebook account for the fallen soldier.


It’s not the first time something like this has happened either -- they’ve had to have Matthew’s image removed from an online dating site as well. His sister, Lisa Pucino-Haglof said, “I don’t understand why someone would want to do this.”

Pucino-Haglof is also not satisfied with the response time from Facebook. “It’s not rocket science,” she said. “It would take two minutes [to confirm an imposter] … they have measures. They have the ability to figure this out quickly. They should show some respect for him.”

What is wrong with people? Technology and social media were being used for a great cause -- honoring a life given freely and nobly to serve and protect the country he loved, and some jerks have to go and be jerky about it.

I guess it doesn’t matter how technologically advanced we get, there will always be cheaters out there that don’t care about exploiting others for their own personal gain.

Have you ever had someone steal one of your pictures and pass it off as their own?


Image via National Museum of American.../Flickr

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