There’s no stealing valor in New Jersey!
We’ve written about stolen valor several times. (see related article Why Federal Court Overturned Low-Life’s Stolen Valor Conviction) In 2006 the Stolen Valor Act made wearing unearned military medals a crime. However, the Supreme Court overturned that law in 2012, ruling that wearing of such medals was protected under the First Amendment freedom of speech. Hogwash.
In order to try to right this injustice, Congress passed another Act that made it illegal to profit from a fake military service record. In New Jersey, the penalty for doing this is a minimum fine of $1000 and up to 5 years in prison.
Its hard to understand why a veteran would commit such a disgraceful act, but that’s exactly what this scumbag did.
Check out what happened to the low-life who scammed a Veteran’s organization:
MINE HILL, NJ – A local man, who received a new deck on his house in 2013 from an organization that helps veterans, fabricated most of his military record in order to get it, and now faces up to five years in prison, according to police.
The man, Robert Guidi, 66, was not – as he’d claimed – a prisoner of war in Vietnam, did not reach the rank of captain and wasn’t the recipient of two purple hearts, said police.
In his successful “Deck for a Soldier” application with the North American Deck and Railing Association, Guidi had claimed a glorious and traumatic wartime record, one that included receiving CIA training, experiencing brutal hand-to-hand combat in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, spending nine months in a cage as a POW, receiving a field commission to the rank of captain and being awarded a bronze star, two purple hearts and a silver star.
Police began checking out Guidi’s background after being alerted that most of Guidi’s claimed military accomplishments were fabrications, said Wharton Police Lt. David Young. Wharton provides police coverage for Mine Hill.
“The investigation showed that Mr. Guidi was never a POW and that he was discharged as a Private First Class,” said Young. “Mr. Guidi was charged with Theft by Deception and violation of the New Jersey Stolen Valor Act.”
Guidi was placed in the Morris County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, said the lieutenant.
In 2014, Guidi told a local newspaper that he has terminal cancer from exposure to Agent Orange…
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