NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (June 11, 2015)-- A local Marine says a fraud recently attended his brother’s high school graduation.
Brandyn Skaggs, a Marine veteran who recently served in Afghanistan, confronted a man dressed in what appeared to be Marine "dress blues." However, Skaggs quickly realized the man at his brother’s graduation ceremony was not a Marine. Skaggs said the uniform the man was wearing was fake and his medals were misplaced.
“You don't go to boot camp wearing the uniform. You go through boot camp and you earn the uniform,” said Skaggs.
He recorded the interaction on his phone and it was later posted to YouTube by the group Stolen Valor.
“He didn't have a belt, and he didn’t have a cover or a hat, and he didn’t have the right shoes and when he faced me he had his medals which were so misplaced,” said Skaggs.
Skaggs can be heard in the video questioning the alleged imposter about his service. The video was taken from Noblesville High School’s graduation ceremony.
“All I wanted to do was confront him, tell his family that he’s wrong and that he’s a fake and a fraud. That’s why my dad took out the phone and started filming it," said Skaggs.
In 2013, it became a federal crime to pose as a member of the military.