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Stolen Valor

Pennsylvania man accused of faking record as Navy SEAL, POW to steal $300K in benefits

Richard Meleski of Chalfont, Pennsylvania, 58, was indicted for falsely claiming he was a Navy SEAL and prisoner of war — he never served a day in the military — in order to steal more than $300,000 in government benefits, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced Monday.


Woman charged with posing as male soldier in 2015 now wanted for ID theft in Texas

Kelsie Denise Hoover gained national attention in 2015 when she was the first person to be arrested under the Stolen Valor Act of 2013. She was caught pretending to be a male soldier who had been awarded a Purple Heart, donning a camouflage military uniform and wearing her hair short.


'He's lied too many times': Man who faked cancer, military service sentenced to prison

Christopher King’s GoFundMe page drew more than 1,000 donations — including from a cast member of “The Walking Dead” — after he opened it in November 2016, according to court records.