Oct 16, 2009

Fake veteran charged with stolen valor

A man said he survived the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon.

He said he survived again when a roadside bomb went off in Iraq, killing four fellow Marines.

He'd point to his head and tell people he had a metal plate, collateral damage from the explosion.

None of it was true.

Last week, the FBI arrested him on the rare charge of "stolen valor."

Richard Strandlof, 32, was held "for false claims about receipt of military decorations or medals," an FBI news release said.

Charges had been filed in Denver, Colorado, the week before, the bureau said.

The penalty for his crime is up to one year incarceration and a $100,000 fine.