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. The man allegedly wore a U.S. Marine uniform with ribbons representing the prestigious Navy Cross and Silver Star.
Scottsdale man accused of impersonating war hero - 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.
Representatives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety said 31-year-old John William Rodriguez was booked into Maricopa County jail facing 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.
Officials yesterday said Rodriguez received discounts and special treatment as a result of posing as a war hero. They went on to say that for more than two years, Rodriguez regularly appeared at parades and special events honoring military veterans.
It was at a recent event in Phoenix that a retired Marine spotted Rodriguez and was surprised that a man so young had earned so many decorations. The retired Marine made inquiries into Rodriguez's background, which launched an investigation leading to his arrest on Thursday.
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