Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Traynor hands down harsh sentence in stolen valor case | HISTORIC CITY NEWS

Traynor hands down harsh sentence in stolen valor case | HISTORIC CITY NEWS: Historic City News has learned that 66-year-old Lloyd Keith Mitchell of Elkton was sentenced today by Judge Michael Traynor on charges that he attempted to obtain a Florida driver’s license while pretending to be a decorated Navy veteran and perjury. Mitchell pled no contest.

Obtaining a driver’s license with fraudulent information is a third-degree felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison. Perjury is a first-degree misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in the county jail.

Ocean County mayor accused of stolen valor, retaliation | 6abc.com

Ocean County mayor accused of stolen valor, retaliation | 6abc.com: Public records show Spodafora enlisted in the Navy in 1966, and served as a technician performing maintenance on cryptologic machinery, or "CTM," across the Mediterranean and Atlantic, until he was honorably discharged in 1973.

His two medals included, "Good Conduct" and a "National Defense Service Medal." There was no record of a Navy "Medal of Valor" or any medals from serving in a combat zone.

In a 2012 city council meeting, Galloway asked the mayor to tell the public the truth, and Spodofora made a shocking admission.

"I was not in Vietnam and the "Medal of Valor" was a medal of valor as I explained, from a non-military medal. It was from Safari Club International," the mayor said.

Stolen Valor: Man accused of impersonating SEAL Team 6 member to solicit money outside Wawa | Tampa Bay Times

Stolen Valor: Man accused of impersonating SEAL Team 6 member to solicit money outside Wawa | Tampa Bay Times: A man who belonged to SEAL Team 6 — the U.S military unit that took down Osama bin Laden in 2011 — has not been raising money for veterans outside a Wawa. A fake SEAL was, though.

Freemane J. Brown, 54, was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of unlawful use of uniforms, medals or insignia. He was taken into custody days after Hillsborough sheriff's deputies said he solicited money for veterans while impersonating a U.S. Navy commander who served with SEAL Team 6.

End of the line for two diploma mill operators - CBS News

End of the line for two diploma mill operators - CBS News: Owners of two high-school diploma mills can no longer sell the bogus certificates, for which they had collected $11 million. They've been banned from the practice under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

For $200 to $300, those who needed a high school diploma could get one from "Jefferson High School Online" and "Enterprise High School Online," the FTC said. The victims were led to believe that a multiple-choice test given on the site legitimized the diplomas. The site operators even conjured up a phony accreditation organization to make the diplomas appear more authentic, the FTC said.

Pakistani CEO arrest, charges may aid diploma mill case for Bloomfield Hills attorneys - Crain's Detroit Business

Pakistani CEO arrest, charges may aid diploma mill case for Bloomfield Hills attorneys - Crain's Detroit Business: The Oakland County firm in 2012 obtained a default judgment of more than $22.8 million in a 2009 federal lawsuit in Detroit against Belford High School, Belford University and other defendants.

The education websites in the lawsuit are owned by Pakistani company Axact, the Times reported May 19, but during the litigation a Salem Kureshi came forward and claimed in court proceedings to be running them from a Karachi apartment and denied any connection to Axact.