Fired VA Claims Examiner Charged with Allegedly Threatening Chaplain

FILE PHOTO -- A chaplain looks through his bible prior to Catholic mass at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Mar. 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)
FILE PHOTO -- A chaplain looks through his bible prior to Catholic mass at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Mar. 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

A former claims examiner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been charged with allegedly threatening an Army chaplain who he allegedly accused of getting him fired, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Morgan Fallon, 37, of Buffalo, was arrested and charged Thursday in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The charge, transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another, carries a maximum five-year prison sentence if Fallon is convicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Fallon was terminated May 4 from Veterans Affairs, in part for his alleged interaction with an active-duty commissioned Army captain, assigned as a chaplain in Louisiana.

The chaplain submitted a claim to Veterans Affairs for reimbursement of expenses related to religious education but in November the claim was denied by letter, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The chaplain appealed the denial and complained about the unprofessional nature of the denial letter, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Fallon was given materials that explained the grounds for his termination, including the chaplain's complaint.

On May 4, the chaplain said he received an allegedly threatening telephone call from Fallon, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The chaplain went to military police, who directed the chaplain to allow a follow-up call from Fallon, in which he allegedly identified himself by name, to go directly to voicemail, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Fallon appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and was held without bail, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. 

 

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