New charges for charity head – Accused of lying about education

The executive director of the National Burn Victim Foundation has been charged with a second count of perjury related to his testimony in a high-profile child abuse case, the Washington Post reported August 9.

Gary S. Stocco, 32, of West Orange, N.J., has been accused of lying about his qualifications as an expert witness. He also faces one charge of obtaining money by false pretences for billing the defense team in the child abuse case for his services.

Prosecutors have evidence that Stocco has given conflicting testimony about his educational background in various trials and lied during a court hearing in Prince William County, Va., Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Paul B. Ebert told the Post.

Ebert told the Post the additional perjury charge relates directly to statements Stocco made in the Prince William trial.

Stocco has worked for the National Burn Victim Foundation for about six years, beginning as a forensic burn investigator and taking over as executive director of the group last year.

The foundation’s board has said publicly that he “discharged of his duties on all occasions consistent with the high standards of truthfulness, competence and professional integrity upon which he and the [foundation] staked its good name and reputation.”

For full story, go to the Washington Post.

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