Stolen Valor


Sheriff: Florida man lied about military service to solicit money

Authorities say a 27-year-old Florida man is accused of soliciting funds and misrepresenting military service.

He lied about being a Marine sniper to get a lighter sentence

Shane Sperow, authorities say, falsely claimed to have had a decorated career as a Marine sniper in an attempt to land a lighter sentence from a judge earlier this year. Now, though, the 43-year-old will serve time in state prison, after officials figured out the service record was fake, according to the Eagle.

Experts: Document Jacksonville veteran showed to prove he earned medals is fraudulent

John James “J.J.” Lavoie could’ve simply taken off his fraudulent and unearned military medals and walked away. But he didn’t.

New Mexico man pleads guilty to stolen valor charge

A man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and claiming he was a combat veteran who earned medals and ribbons, including a Purple Heart.

Faked death and web of lies: Real-life story of Fla. businessman and his wife

The web of deception that reached across years and at least three countries will be buried this week when a federal judge hands down sentences for a Jacksonville-area couple who tried to collect $6.6 million on life insurance policies by faking a death in South America.

Vets find military records often embellished

Embellishing one's military service is becoming more and more common nationwide.