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Stolen Valor

Maryland man behind local veterans' memorial faked being Navy SEAL

Bob Pollock became known as perhaps one of the most dedicated people around Crofton, committed to honoring those who serve the nation. It only made sense, as the creator of the Two Rivers community monument told neighbors and friends he was a former Navy SEAL and had been a prisoner of war. Except he wasn't.


Jury awards $1.7 million in stolen valor, fraud case

Donald W. Kaltschmidt Jr. sued Laron D. Shannon, Elizabeth Shannon and Oilfield Warriors, LLC, in 2014, alleging Laron Shannon had misrepresented himself as an active U.S. Marine when he “never actively served in the United States Marine Corps or in any other military service branch,” according to the lawsuit complaint.


Man who claimed to have been 'Navy sergeant' gets additional jail time after other false statements

Joseph Gorzoch was convicted on DUI charges and said he had PTSD from serving in Afghanistan as a "U.S. Navy sergeant." He had more time added to his sentence after a deputy district attorney who had served in the Air Force was suspicious and looked into several things he had said.