49-year-old Lehn Joseph Bundrick abandon his charity, The Long Road Home in Oregon when his phony record came to light. Sounds like something that happened in Colorado a few year back with Rick Duncan/Strandlof, doesn’t it? Local TV News reports;
The charity helps veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
This summer Bundrick led a ceremony in the town of Jefferson to honor Navy SEALs who died in Afghanistan.
Other veterans say he claimed to have known some of those SEALs because he was a Navy SEAL himself. They say Bundrick claimed to have won the Silver Star, Bronze Star and several Purple Hearts.
They say he faked a presidential citation for heroism before other veterans got suspicious and he took off.
“He was very convincing,” said Bill Stam, a member of The Long Trail Home. “He had a lot of people snowed. He’s good. I didn’t think I could ever be, especially in the military aspect of it, but when I’d ask him military questions, he had the correct answers.”
But it’s a victimless crime, right?
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating but says so far it appears Bundrick hasn’t used the charity’s money for anything illegal since he was an officer of the organization.
So there’s nothing to charge him with except The Stolen Valor Act, but it’s Oregon and falls under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit which has decided the Act is unconstitutional, so authorities won’t arrest him until the Supreme Court decides on Alvarez.