The Dallas News tells the story of Michael Campbell, a former Marine who had served from 2000-2004 and had never deployed, who concocted a blast injury in order to defraud some local charities and to get into the PGA;
He said members of his unit died in the explosion “and that he awoke from his serious injuries months later stateside at Walter Reed Army Hospital,” court documents state.
Campbell also told people he couldn’t speak and that when his speech returned, he stuttered. He also claimed to have short-term memory loss from this brain injury.
He concocted the story to “get financial help to obtain his dream of playing golf on the PGA Tour,” documents state. He told people one of his doctors suggested he take up golf to help with his rehabilitation. He created a website and used a promotional video as part of his scheme.
His story was convincing enough that he was flown back to the ‘scene’ of his injury for a “Proper Exit” from the Iraq war. Like Punk Lewis, he convinced journalists to write about his journey back from his injury. Although the article doesn’t go into detail, it looks like he’s facing a federal court. Apparently, he pleaded out to one count of mail fraud, despite the numerous instances of fraud, but he faces 20 years in the federal pound.