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Stolen Valor

Man already charged with stealing from Legion post is held for trial in stolen valor case

Witnesses testified at Christopher Crawford’s preliminary hearing on Monday that while he presented himself as a combat veteran who served in Iraq, military records show he deserted from the Army during boot camp and was discharged under other than honorable conditions.


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.