Man who committed crimes while posing as Marine sentenced

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Scottsdale man convicted for pretending to be a decorated Marine has been sentenced to seven and-a-half years in prison.

Thirty-one-year-old John Rodriguez got his sentence in Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday after his conviction on charges of forgery, fraudulent schemes and presentation of a false instrument for filing.

Arizona Department of Public Safety investigators say they were first alerted to Rodriguez after a former Marine saw him introduced as a decorated veteran at a special military function. The man noticed Rodriguez's uniform was not complete and thought it was odd for someone his age to be wearing the Navy Cross.

DPS took over the investigation, served a search warrant at Rodriguez's home in June 2009 and uncovered several Marine uniforms and medals.