Man's tip led to arrest of US Marine accused of posing as decorated combat veteran
November 27, 2018
Finally, he got Haerlin’s military records that show although he was in fact a Marine, Haerlin never served in combat and he was discharged “under other than honorable conditions.”
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS12) — A Port St. Lucie man is accused of posing as a decorated combat U.S. Marine veteran who served overseas.
This case started a few months ago, when sheriff’s detectives got a tip.
The tip came from a real U.S. Marine veteran who says he had information that bothered him so much, he had to go to law enforcement.
“It is a shame, in every sense of the word. It’s a shame,” said Robin Barker, a Port St. Lucie resident.
Barker spent two years in the Marine Corps in the 1970’s.
He’s the man who went to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and provided a tip that led to the arrest this week of 56-year-old Cary Haerlin.
“When I realized over a period of time that he was a master at deception, I wasn’t gonna let it go,” he said.
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