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Fake Twice Wounded SF Iraq Vet Pleads Guilty to Fraud

| January 19, 2023 | 33 Comments
Fake Twice Wounded SF Iraq Vet Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Justin Costello claims he was in Special Forces and a veteran of Iraq.  He also claimed he was wounded twice.  In addition, he claimed he was a billionaire from the cannabis industry. This ruse all came to an end when he pled guilty to fraud. Fake cannabis billionaire Justin Costello pleads guilty in $35 million […]

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Uncle Frank Biden’s Purple Heart

| December 19, 2022 | 108 Comments
Uncle Frank Biden’s Purple Heart

Several people are questioning a story that President Joe Biden put out.  There was a statement Biden made claiming that his Uncle Frank was awarded a Purple Heart.  I would say “allegedly,” but Biden’s words were provided on the official White House (dot gov) website.  Therefore, there is no question about him saying it. Remarks […]

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Unclaimed Hearts

| November 18, 2022 | 8 Comments
Unclaimed Hearts

Purple Heart History Our own Denise sends us notice of unclaimed awards held by the Illinios State Treasurer. Of concern is the number of Purple Heart medals left to languish in their custody. This is one of those situations that is sad, baffling, infuriating and ultimately inspiring all at the same time. In Illinois, the […]

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What’s the Deel? Follow-up

| November 18, 2022 | 29 Comments
What’s the Deel?  Follow-up

On Sunday 13 Nov 2022, The Star Democrat was challenged to do a followup on their story on Ronald Deel. Stolen valor is the story Mike Detmer Nov 13, 2022 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR So, Ronald Deel was a 2nd Lieutenant USMC sniper in the Phoenix program. Really? He was wounded three times, but was […]

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Phony Veteran’s Day Story – What’s the Deel?

| November 16, 2022 | 162 Comments
Phony Veteran’s Day Story – What’s the Deel?

Veterans Day always seems to have a lot of people coming out of the woodwork.  It becomes a marriage of reporters wanting to meet the public’s demand for a feel-good story appropriate for the day and those people that are all too willing to fill that void, even if it isn’t true. Ronald Deel came […]

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Rich Johnson – Stolen Valor Double Dipper

| October 24, 2022 | 246 Comments
Rich Johnson – Stolen Valor Double Dipper

  The folks at MilitaryPhony send us their work on Richard Elmer Johson.  It seems that little Dickie here has been making a Richard of himself and should probably stick to playing with his Johnson in private.  Johnson was featured in the November 12, 2020 issue of the magazine “The Flagship” as a nominee in […]

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Theodore Kosin – The 49 Day Commando – No NDSM

| September 19, 2022 | 238 Comments
Theodore Kosin – The 49 Day Commando – No NDSM

The folks at Military Phony send us their work on Theodore James Kosin, 33 y/o, who comes to us from Jamison, Pennsylvania.  It seems that Theodore has been telling tales of two tours in Afghanistan, a Purple Heart, and PTSD. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  First, there are the claims on Kosin’s LinkedIn page. […]

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Woman Pleads Guilty in Stolen Valor Case

| September 13, 2022 | 35 Comments
Woman Pleads Guilty in Stolen Valor Case

A Georgia woman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from lying about a Purple Heart as well as lying about her daughter having cancer. You may recall that we wrote about Gabrielle Beutler here. VFW commander pleads guilty to lying about purple heart, 9-year-old daughter’s cancer By Lauren Silver, Cox Media Group National Content Desk September […]

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