Pennsylvania man who lied about military service, lies about addiction program -- and judge drops the hammer

A Pennsylvania man already facing prison time -- and already in hot water for lying about his military service and his mom's death -- is going to be spending even more time behind bars after a judge caught him telling another tall tale.

Joseph Gorzoch, 41, of Bensalem was found to have lied when he told authorities he completed a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program while at the Bucks County Jail. In this instance, Gorzoch was undone by math: officials realized he couldn't have completed the 90-day program if he was only incarcerated for 67 days.

Deputy District Attorney Bob James checked on previous statements Gorzoch made to a judge about completing the program, which would have helped him receive a lesser sentence in cases involving two separate DUI charges and a theft incident.

"He technically turned what could have been a 1-to-2-year sentence into a 5-to-10-year sentence by lying to everybody," James told KYW News Radio.

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Gorzoch had previously shown an aversion to the truth when he claimed to have been injured while serving in Afghanistan as a U.S. Navy sergeant as part of a bid to receive a lighter sentence for a pair of DUI charges.

James, who is a U.S. Air Force veteran, said he knew something was wrong with the story since the Navy doesn't have the rank of sergeant.

He told the Bucks County Courier-Times that the false claim was dishonoring those who actually served and noted Gorzoch has also lied about his mother's death in order to have another court case delayed.

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In March, the 41-year-old was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison and two years of probation after he claimed to have completed the 90-day addiction program, FOX29 reported. But after the truth emerged, James filed a motion of reconsideration, and a judge decided to add one to two years to Gorzoch's sentence in light of the most recent lie -- extending his sentence in state prison to 5-to-10 years.

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"I believe he’s a sociopath," James told KYW, "and he’s going to double down every time he comes into court with a different story, different excuse."