Stolen Valor

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Lies, honor and military service are at the crux a case involving an alleged U.S. Coast Guard impostor. Delroy Bowe, 23, represented himself as a member of the United States Coast Guard with medals and a uniform, Panama City police reported Monday. He was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful use of uniforms, medals or insignia and one count of attempted grand theft. According to investigators, Bowe represented himself as an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard and opened a bank account at a local bank 6 MAR. He also used personal identification information of another person in an attempt to obtain a new vehicle on credit from a local car dealership, police reported. Police believe Bowe has utilized the same or similar scheme at other area businesses, representing himself as an active Coast Guard member. Bowe is not affiliated with the U.S. Coast Guard or any other branch of the military, authorities said. Agents with the U.S. Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Services are assisting with the ongoing investigation. The arrest comes as the Supreme Court is considering whether to uphold the Valor Act, which makes it a crime to impersonate a service member and wear medals that were not legitimately won. Opponents of the Valor Act say a court decision to uphold the law would infringe on free speech issues, ultimately outlawing lying. [Source: Panama City News Herald Randal Yakey article 13 Mar 2012 ++]


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