Scottsdale man accused of impersonating war heroPosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE - Authorities have arrested a Scottsdale man who they say pretended to be a highly decorated Marine, wearing a uniform and ribbons representing the prestigious Navy Cross and Silver Star.
Scottsdale man impersonates war hero
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Thursday that 31-year-old John William Rodriguez was booked into Maricopa County jail Wednesday and faces 13 charges of felony fraud schemes.
Rodriguez also may face a federal charge of violating the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which makes it a misdemeanor to lie about getting a military decoration.
According to the Department of Public Safety the arrest culminated a lengthy investigation of about a year.
A former marine first witnessed Rodriguez being honored during a special function, but his uniform didn't look complete.
Officials say Rodriguez got discounts and some special treatment as a result of posing as a war hero.