Former chaplain sentenced for falsifying military service honors

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PHOENIX - A former chaplain was sentenced to probation for claiming false military honors.

Kurt Alan Bishop, 42, of Queen Creek, was sentenced to 60 months of probation, ordered to perform 120 hours of community service and ordered to pay approximately $28,000 in restitution.

Bishop pleaded guilty to charges of altering his military records and making false statements to the United States.

His indictment stemmed from making false claims related to medals, decoration and training he received during his 20 years in the military. Bishop used his position as a personnel specialist to alter his military records to reflect the false claims.

"The defendant falsely claimed a Bronze Star with Valor, a Purple Heart, and claimed to be an Army Ranger to bolster his Army service record, and then used that false record to enter the Arizona National Guard Chaplain Corps and obtain an increase in pay and benefits," said U. S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. "We will protect the integrity and honor of our military personnel who truly earned these awards and will prosecute those who betray the public's trust by falsely wearing them."

Bishop served as a chaplain until his discharge earlier this year.