Scottsdale man accused of impersonating war hero

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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.

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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.