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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jail Time for Faking Role in Terror Fight

A Moscow court sentenced a former military commissar to six years in prison Monday for falsely declaring that he had participated in a counterterrorism operation in the North Caucasus in order to receive state benefits.

The Moscow Garrison Military Court sentenced former Moscow military commissar Andrei Glushchenko to six years for fraud and stripped him of his rank of major general, Interfax reported.

The court found that Glushchenko had made fake documents identifying him as being involved in a three-day counterterrorism operation in 2004 and used the papers to obtain a certificate that he was a veteran of armed conflict and eligible for additional monthly payments from the Moscow Pension Fund.

Glushchenko maintained his innocence in the trial.

The court ordered Glushchenko to return an illegally obtained apartment, registered in his son’s name, to the Defense Ministry and more than 56,000 rubles ($1,800) to the Pension Fund.

The court also fined him 550,000 rubles.