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    Prosecuted for lying about military service

    Read the story of a man who will think twice before lying again

    (7/07/06 - MISSOULA, MT) - A man who lied to his probation officer about having served in the military was ordered to stand outside the courthouse wearing a sandwich board that says: "I am a liar. I am not a Marine."
    William C. Horvath, 35, of Whitefish, pleaded guilty to making false statements, a felony.

    U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced him to four months of house arrest and four years of probation. He also ordered him to stand outside the courthouse for 50 hours wearing the sandwich board with the message.

    On the back, it must read: "I have never served my country. I have dishonored veterans of all wars."

    Molloy, a veteran himself, also ordered Horvath to write letters of apology to newspapers, the U.S. Marine Corps, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Kalispell. The judge said Horvath must admit in the letters that he lied repeatedly about serving and being wounded.

    According to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office, Horvath claimed during an interview with a probation officer on Aug. 9, 2001, that he had served in the Marine Corps. The officer was gathering information on Horvath on a prior charge of being a fugitive in possession of firearms or ammunition.

    The probation officer then attempted to verify Horvath's military service, but was told by the Marine Corps that there was no record of Horvath ever having served.

    Horvath then presented the probation officer with evidence of his time in the military, including photographs and decorations. However, Marine Corps representatives told the probation officer that the evidence contained a variety of inconsistencies.

    One of the problems: He was wearing his uniform improperly.

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    Supporting Member - Legally Armed Scooter Trash scooter's Avatar
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    Having served in the Army(1st) and the USAF I think he got of lightly

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    Senior Member Baldy's Avatar
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    Thumbs up Disgrace

    I am glad the Judge wasn't a bleeding heart progressive liberal or he might have got a medal. There's still a little justice in this great country.

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    I have NO sympathy for posers. One thing I've learned while USN is that a Marine NEVER wears his uniform improperly. It dishonors the Corps and the people that served before him. As a Sailor, I always wore my uniform wih pride, too.

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    Speaking as an inactive Marine (there's no such thing as an "ex-Marine"), I think the judge should have made him spend 10 to 15 weeks in Marine Corps boot camp or Marine "Motivation Platoon".

    Either that, or make him wear that sandwich board while standing just outside a Marine base.

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