Russell sends us a link to an update on Danny Crane, who we wrote about last year. Crane tried to steal the story of the Marine who stood guard outside of the hospital room of a youngster who died from cancer last year. He also stole a free “Vacation for Veterans” to Hawaii from an organization meant for a real veteran, according to Tampa Bay Online;
But the Riverview man has a criminal record of fraud and identity theft dating back to 1999, the judge said.
Covington then sentenced Crane to one year and a day in prison and three years probation.
He also was ordered to pay back $7,042 to the VA, $2,093 to the veterans’ organization that gave him the trip to Hawaii and $200 in court costs.
During his probation, Crane also must participate in drug abuse and mental health counseling programs.
“The crime that bothers me the most here is taking money from Vacations for Veterans,” Covington said. “That’s a vacation somebody else didn’t get.”
Meanwhile, in Iowa, Jeffrey Scott Kepler was sentenced to a year for his fakery, according to the DesMoine Register;
Kepler purported to be a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran to receive military health care benefits between 2007 and 2010, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
Kepler also tried to obtain VA disability benefits but was caught.
In September he pleaded guilty to health care fraud.
Kepler served in the U.S. Army for 27 days in 1986 before he was honorably discharged for failing to meet fitness standards.
He did not serve long enough to receive benefits, was never in combat and received no promotions or awards.
Kepler, however, claimed to be a former Airborne Ranger who qualified for Officer Candidate School and won numerous medals, including a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
I’m sure Bubba will be impressed.