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GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — A man accused of lying about Vietnam-era combat and collecting $30,000 in compensation has been convicted in federal court in North Carolina.

The US Attorney’s office said in a statement released Thursday that a jury found 68-year-old Michael Hamilton guilty of false statement to the government, larceny of government property, unauthorized wearing of a military uniform and unauthorized wearing of Congressionally authorized military medals.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9. He faces up to 16 years in prison and $600,000 in fines.

Hamilton was charged with telling Veterans Affairs officials that he saw combat in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He was accused of taking more than $30,000 in veteran’s benefits for service-related ailments, and with appearing at a veteran’s ceremony in Jacksonville dressed as a highly decorated Marine colonel.

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4 Comments on "“Fake Marine” found guilty"

2015 years 9 months ago

How dare this man impersonate an officer in the armed forces? He has a lot of nerve to devalue the service of millions of American men and women with such a stunt. I hope that he wil be punished to the full extent of the law.WR

2015 years 9 months ago

There’s a 21, 22 year old kid who hangs out in a local bar in the town I just moved to, and I spotted him wearing a Marine Corps shirt one night. I asked him if he was in. He claimed he was, but I quickly got him to confess that he was never in the Marines.

I don’t want to go into details about how I was able to verify that he was a phony. I spent four years in the Marines and I can sniff out a phony from a mile away. He practically left the bar in tears.

So I want to make it very clear to you wannabe Marines out there:

Pretending that you served in the Marine Corps when you did not is ignorant and disrespectful. That kid is lucky he left the bar with all his teeth that night. So if you’re going to pretend to be a Marine, you’d better pray that a real Marine doesn’t catch you.

Marine Machine Gunner
2015 years 9 months ago

This scumbag is a useless piece of garbage that needs to be put down like a rabid dog. Fined $100 and probation for impersonating a Lt. General???? Really!! WTF. I hope this SOB fries and dies a lonely shell of a man revaged in the federal penile system.

Have a good time Private.

Mataro Mackall
2015 years 9 months ago

I second that Devil Dog. And have quoted you on FB


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