Another Stolen Valor Arrest
Police here say a man conned his way into a new car, a block of apartments, and a bunch of furniture. Officials say he was able to carry out the scam by posing as a Marine.
32-year-old Brandon Blankenship is charged with the following:
- False statement regarding military service with intent to commit a crime (two counts)
- Unauthorized use of an entity's identifying information or documents (two counts)
There's a pretty good video at the link. But we also have his the charging sheet:
Back to the original story:
According to the complaint, in a separate incident, Blankenship is accused of leasing 20 apartments under the premise that "he was a platoon leader for the United States Marine Corps and needed the apartments to rent for numerous Marines. Purportedly the United States Department of Defense would be paying...for the rent on all 20 units." The complaint indicates Blankenship "did not show any documentation of his status as a member of the Marine Corps, but did verbalize that he is a representative of the United States Department of Defense as a platoon leader for the Marine Corps Security Services Division." The complex manager interviewed in the complaint was not available for comment Tuesday.
The complaint says, "It was not believed that Blankenship is in the military and that the rental scheme was some sort of fraudulent activity."
Been a good week for busting these people.