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Stolen Valor

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.

Calif. military community leader 'has not served' in the Marines as claimed, authorities say

A leader in the Marin, Calif. military community and proprietor of a gym that trains young people for service did not serve as a Marine as he had claimed for years, a military spokesman said.


'Frogman' admits his claim of World War II heroism was bogus

An 89-year-old veteran who has presented himself for years as one of the nation's most decorated World War II -- most recently in a talk Saturday aboard the USS Hornet -- admitted Wednesday that he lied about his service.


Vet organization suspends New Mexico chapter over stolen valor allegations

The New Mexico Military Order of the Purple Heart suspended its Farmington chapter in the spring after allegations surfaced that chapter officer David Shrum misappropriated funds and made false claims about his military record.