FrostyCWO sends us a link from NBC News in which they interview our friends at Guardian of Valor and the Fake Warriors Project about the explosion of phony soldier cases in recent months. The article was apparently triggered by the conviction of Danny Crane;
“But in our world, the Danny Crane case is not unusual,” said Mary Schantag, a Marine widow who lives in Missouri and operates the Fake Warriors Project. Since launching that veteran-vetting venture on a shoe-string budget in 1998, Schantag said her nonprofit group — along with partners at similar sites — has revealed more than 4,000 hoaxers who falsely claimed military service or battlefield glory. It’s unclear how many of those 4,000 frauds later were prosecuted. A VA spokesman said such cases are not tracked by the agency.
“We had 22 phonies in 1998. I can get 22 in 48 hours right now,” Schantag said. “It’s all day, every day.”
Yeah, we’ve brought you more than 80 new phonies just since the beginning of the year. That’s almost one every day. And there’s no shortage. We’ve got probably 10 waiting on their records. And folks keep sending me more. I guess it’s a trait common among criminals to think they won’t get caught.