Client is FULLY RETAINED, this is after the original General Court-Martial charges are DISMISSED.
May 23, 2018, U.S. v. E-6, United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California. Staff Sergeant is accused of attempting to defraud the U.S. Government by collecting reimbursement for in-home respite care for his autistic son while stationed for 18 months at Twentynine Palms, California. Government also accuses him of forging his signature on official federal documents, conspiring to commit fraud with his wife and sister-in-law and false official statement by claiming care was occurring in his home when CID claimed it was not occurring. Charges are preferred to a General Court-Martial and Staff Sergeant retains Mr. Gapasin to represent him. Gapasin aggressively approaches the Article 32 Preliminary Hearing by requesting multiple employees with the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Statements with the EFMP personnel reflect backbiting and numerous accusations against each other. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) investigations were even initiating amidst claims of employees that others were targeting African-American families and claiming fraud. Gapasin portrayed his client as being caught in this crossfire. Just prior to the Article 32, the Government dismissed the charges but then initiated separation for Gapasin's client. With 13 years in the Marine Corps and still asserting his innocence, client continues to retain Gapasin to represent him. At the separation board, Gapasin focuses on a lack of knowledge of actions taken by his wife thereby proving he could not have intended fraud, as well as the existence of a forensic handwriting examination of his client's signature that illustrated inconclusive findings as to whether his client forged documents. RESULT: Client is FULLY RETAINED, this is after the original General Court-Martial charges are DISMISSED.