Jonathan Wade Short; Stolen Valor conviction in KY

| July 13, 2013

Jonathan Wade Short, a 23-year-old, pleaded guilty in Western Kentucky US District court yesterday to charges of pretending to be an officer of the US military, wire fraud, making false statements or representations, and entering government property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony. The phony is looking at combined maximum term of 23 years in prison, a combined maximum fine of $500,000 and a ten year term of supervised release. But his story is pretty familiar to many of us in the business of busting phonies.

He met a woman who the USDOJ press release calls “A.V.” on a social networking site and proceeded to fleece her;

Jonathan Wade Short, age 23, despite being a civilian with absolutely no record of service in the armed forces of the United States, admitted to falsely impersonating a United States soldier for a period between March 8, 2012, until December 7, 2012.

Further, during August 2012, Short admitted in court to meeting A.V., the daughter of a retired member of the armed forces, on a social networking site where he falsely claimed to be a highly decorated soldier, who had been on multiple deployments, and received high military honors (including the Purple Heart). Approximately one month later, when the two met for the first time in person, Short, dressed in a complete Army Combat Uniform (ACU) wearing the rank of Sergeant, a Combat Infantryman Badge, and Parachutists Badge, Combat Patch, and a Ranger tab. While dating A.V. in Daviess and Hardin Counties and elsewhere, Short, who was accompanied by A.V., repeatedly demanded and obtained financial benefits and discounts only entitled to current and former members of the armed forces of the United States. Short possessed at least seven Army Dress Uniforms, with accompanying ribbons, badges, and medals, and wore them in public and on social networking sites as part of his continuous effort to impersonate a decorated combat veteran.

Between October 6, 2012, and approximately November 16, 2012, in Hardin County, defendant Short, did repeatedly ask A.V. to send him money under the false premise that he needed money to help defray the expenses related to his son’s emergency medical treatment at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Short actually had no son who was ill or hospitalized. In fact, he demanded the money from A.V. in order to exploit A.V.’s belief he was a noble soldier in a desperate family and financial situation. During the two month period, A.V. gave Short nearly $1,000.

He finally decided to see how his little ruse would work on real soldiers at Fort Knox, which was his undoing. The MPs picked him up and then turned him over to the FBI.

There’s a Jonathon Wade Short in Kentucky who has an extensive arrest record, but I’m not totally convinced that it’s him, because the age doesn’t match. But it really doesn’t matter because this one is going away for a very long time.

Thanks to MM & CPT Reid for the head up.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Yup, stolen valor is a victimless crime. Enjoy the hardtime asspounding, asshole…you earned it…

  2. Thunderstixx says:

    I’ll lay 3 to 1 odds that he won’t be missed while he goes on his extended vacation !!!

  3. Now, if only we could get this same judge/court to have Kyle Barwan in the dock.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Another one bites the dust.

  5. B Woodman says:

    He’d best have a good proctologist available by the time he gets out.

  6. Devtun says:

    Yeah, thats sort of the problem…he’s gonna be released (more hardened and determined).

  7. A Proud Infidel & Patriot says:

    I bet he’s already going “WEEEEE, WEEEEEE, WEEEEE,….” for Bubba & Thor!

  8. CC Senor says:

    God, I hate scum like this, even when they aren’t pretending to be soldiers. I can’t believe how many women fall for this kind of crap. Not much for the classics, so which ring of Dante’s Hell would this clown fall on?

  9. CC Senor says:

    Er, make that Inferno, not Hell.

  10. beretverde says:

    He’s 23…he has just started. I’ll bet he will continue after prison.

  11. Sparks says:

    Dante’s Inferno Nine levels.
    1. Limbo
    2. Lust
    3. Gluttony
    4. Greed
    5. Anger
    6. Heresy
    7. Violence-3 Rings
    8. Fraud-10 Rings (Bolgia)
    9. Treacher-4 Rounds

    How many of these apply so Stolen Valor folks? Most all.

  12. Hondo says:

    Eighth circle, CC Senior. In Dante’s Inferno, only those guilty of treachery were lower.

  13. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Sentencing is in September. The judge six years in the Army Reserve. Ooops.

  14. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The judge SERVED six years in the Army Reserves.

  15. Sparks says:

    @12 You are right. Obviously you read the classics.

  16. Sparks says:

    @12 Geryon watches over Stolen Valor posers.

  17. Hondo says:

    Sparks: been a while, but I’ve read Inferno. Had to do a bit of quick reference to refresh my memory, though. Wikipedia is generally good for that if you’re already familiar with the subject.

    I’d say they’re more likely to be watched over by Cacus (the Centaur guardian of Bolgia 7) than Geryon directly, though.

  18. Sparks says:

    @17 Cacus may be more appropriate since they are first and Stolen Valor folks are first and foremost, thieves.

  19. Jonn Lilyea says:

    Gentlemen, Malebolge, the eighth circle of Dante’s Hell, is guarded by giants. Virgil and Dante arrived at the edge of Malbolge on the back of Geryon who has the face of “a man of good cheer” but the tail of a scorpion, said to be the personification of fraud. The giants chained to Malebolge include Nimrod, who history blames for building the Tower of Babel, is incoherent when he speaks to Virgil and Dante. Typical of Dante’s work, a couple of the other giants are titans from Greek mythology.

  20. Sparks says:

    @19 Your memory is far better than mine on this classic. By the way I contacted you through email. Use it for what you think it is worth.

  21. Ex-Pee AitcH Too2 says:

    This is why I keep coming back here. Legends arise out of nowhere to smash the vermin crawling forth from cracks and crannies.

    I love this blog.

  22. Jonn Lilyea says:

    Mostly, I read Dante for the fart jokes;

    They turned along the left bank in a line,
    but before they started, all of them together
    had stuck their pointed tongues out as a sign
    to their Captain that they wished permission to pass,
    and he had made a trumpet of his ass.
    I have seen horsemen breaking camp. I have seen
    the beginning of the assault, the march and muster,
    and at times the retreat and riot. I have been
    where chargers have trampled your land, O Aretines!
    I have seen columns of foragers, shocks of tourney,
    and running of tilts. I have seen the endless lines
    march to bells, drums, trumpets, from far and near.
    I have seen them march on signals from a castle.
    I have seen them march with native and foreign gear.
    But never yet have I seen horse or foot,
    nor ship in range of land nor sight of star,
    take its direction from so low a toot.

  23. ExHack says:

    To borrow from GT, one word says it all: TURD.

  24. Roger in Republic says:

    They need to suffer the same fate as Prometheus. Chained to a rock with their livers ripped out and eaten by an eagle every day for all of eternity.

  25. Scott M says:

    According to the News-Enterprise, he told MPs at Fort Knox that he was a Sergeant with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He has also been charged with impersonating a peace officer and burglary in Hardin County, KY.