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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.

Stolen valor: Fake Green Beret forced to shut down Honor Guard group

Papotia Reginald Wright started the 8th Special Forces Regiment New York Honor Guard more than a year ago to perform burial services for veterans. But according to investigations by multiple groups, the supposed Special Forces veteran vastly inflated his military service, including medals for valor, and his group has since shut down.


Police: Woman faked birth of son to collect veteran benefits

Elizabeth Hayes Cox claimed she gave birth to the son of a military veteran receiving Veterans Administration benefits. She fraudulently collected $103,000 in benefits from March 2000 through May of this year.


Did fraudulent VA benefits pay for a Packers bar in Costa Rica?

Daniel Kososki, an Army veteran from Wisconsin, told VA officials he was unable to work and mostly holed up in his home — until they discovered he was running an NFL-themed bar in Central America.