CNN reports that Yupeng “David” Deng not only pretended to be a soldier, he convinced 100 other Chinese nationals to join his unit as a path to citizenship;
Recruits were allegedly charged initiation fees ranging from $300 to $450, with annual renewal fees of $120, according to Deputy District Attorney Richard Ceballos. In addition, authorities said, recruits could increase their rank in the fraudulent unit by making cash donations to Deng.
The recruits were provided with phony U.S. Army uniforms, fake documents and fraudulent military identification cards, authorities said. Deng also allegedly instructed them to report to his office in the Los Angeles suburb of Temple City — which authorities said was decorated to look like an official U.S. military recruiting center….
I’m sure if there was a Stolen Valor Hall of Fame, this dude’s picture would be at the front door. Even though he’s facing child porn charges, too.
See, there’s a lesson in there for the rest of you phony soldiers out there – if you can’t summon the testicular fortitude to join a special unit, form your own.