Two more phonies sentenced...
Hate to make an entire week of Stolen Valor since it gets monotonous, but I follow the stories, and they're flowing well right now. Maybe we've hit a critical mass on busting these guys?
First, from Iowa:
A Vietnam War veteran from Davenport who admitted that he purchased numerous military awards without authorization was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and a $5,000 fine.
“I’m sorry for my part in all this,” Robert E. Brooks Jr. said in a short statement in U.S. District Court, Davenport.
Brooks, 70, said he "didn't mean to harm" other veterans or other veterans before Judge Stephanie Rose handed down the sentence.
Per the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than five years' probation.
His apology is just dripping with sincerity isn't it?
He was discharged from the Navy under “other than honorable conditions,” according to the release.
Sometime between 1971-74 and during his service in the Reserves, Brooks compiled a list of awards and decorations he thought he deserved but had not validly been awarded, according to release.
Brooks “knowingly” provided the list to another person and the information was falsely added to his official military file, according to the release.
Brooks falsely reported that he earned a Silver Star medal with two oak leaf clusters, a Purple Heart with four oak leaf clusters, and a Combat Infantry Badge, among other awards and decorations, according to the release.
FBI agents who searched Brooks’ home on Oct. 15 seized around 20 awards and decorations, including the Silver Star and Purple Heart, without proper support, approval and authorization.