A former Buffalo VA employee has been charged with threatening an Army chaplain.
Morgan Fallon, 37, of Buffalo, was charged by criminal complaint with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another.
According to the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, Fallon had been employed by the VA as a veterans claims examiner, responsible for reviewing education reimbursement claims submitted by military members and veterans.
The Army chaplain had submitted a claim to the VA for reimbursement of expenses related to his religious education. In Nov. 2017, the claim was denied by letter, which was “unusual in tone and contained sporadic bolded and underlined text”.
The Army Chaplain appealed the denial and complained about the unprofessional nature of the denial letter. Fallon was terminated in May 2018, “based on, among other things, his interaction with an active-duty, commissioned Captain in the United States Army assigned as a Chaplain in the State of Louisiana.”
The defendant was given a packet upon termination which explained his grounds for termination, including the complaint from the Army chaplain.
Later on the same day, the chaplain allegedly received a phone call from a 716 area code, which contained many expletives and threats. The caller also told the chaplain he “had all [the chaplain’s] information”.
The chaplain felt threatened and believed the caller wanted him dead. He contacted military police, at which point he received another call from a 716 area code. Military police directed him to let it go to voicemail.
According to the complaint, the caller left a voicemail that lasted over a minute, in which he identified himself as Fallon and “the VA employee you want fired so badly”.
If convicted, Fallon faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.