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Stolen Valor

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.


Agent involved in Army officer's murder case charged with lying about earning a Purple Heart

The charges against Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Delacruz, if proven, amount to what U.S. troops refer to as "stolen valor," when service members claim details about their military service that are not true in ways that benefit them.