Facebooker Wooed Women With Dead War-Hero Pics

Sanchez was on his fifth tour of duty when he was killed in Afghanistan
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2011 3:04 AM CST

(Newser) – While Facebook frauds may be common, one user hit a new low—using pictures of a dead war hero to seduce women. A man calling himself "Dylan Sorvino" snatched memorial photos of Sgt. Roberto Sanchez—an Army Ranger who died in Afghanistan in 2009 during his fifth tour of duty—from the Internet and used them to woo women, reports the New York Post. "My son died for this country. How can anyone do that? It's so heartless," said Sanchez's mother.

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Sorvino initiated long-term "cyber affairs," regaling women with his tales of glory on the battlefield. "I've been warned by command not to discuss my departure due to national security so we have to keep this talk to a minimum," he told one of his targets. "I was a sucker for a cute face," she said. "Too bad it was someone else's face." Sorvino may have violated the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which makes it illegal to falsely claim military awards, but charges won't likely be filed because he didn't scam anyone out of money, according to an FBI source. He has removed all of Sanchez's photos. (Read more Facebook fraud stories.)

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