Harvey Malbaurn & Focus on Veterans

| February 9, 2016

Harvey Malbaurn

Here’s another one that we ordered in 2014 that just got here. Harvey Malbaurn was arrested in August of that year for taking donations for an organization called “Focus on Veterans” while he was panhandling outside a well-meaning business that thought that they were helping veterans. Harvey claimed to the police officer that questioned him that he was a veteran, but the officer doubted him. The NPRC agrees with the officer.

Harvey Malbaurn FOIA

Malbaurn FOIA 2

Someone else is checking on Harv and NPRC lost track of his records. And now, finally, we know – no he’s not a veteran. I guess we know why it took so long to get a response on the old draft dodger.

Later that year, the Massachusetts Attorney General barred Focus on Veterans from operating in the state;

In investigating the charity, Plainville police also learned that Focus on Veterans operates two “rooming houses” in Plainfield, Connecticut, that it rents to both veterans and non-veterans.

Police said the charity enlists the residents to collect money to keep the homes running. Whether veterans or not, they allegedly wear unmarked camouflage clothing while soliciting.

They seem to be having trouble with their website at the moment. But a cache copy says that they’re just following the VA Secretary’s guidance to get veterans off the street. And using them for free labor. I’m pretty sure that’s not what the VA Secretary had in mind. An Army of panhandlers dressed in camouflage who may or may not be veterans, but don’t hesitate to claim that they are veterans.

Category: Phony soldiers, Phony Vet Charities

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Dude should get a job as an Ernest Hemingway impersonator, then he wouldn’t have to pretend to be a fake vet panhandling for a fake vet organization…

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Lost? That’s a first. How do records get lost? Oh, never mind.

  3. The Commentor' Formerly Known as MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    He could be SPEK OOPS, in which case his records ARE sealed by the President and no such mention of his service shall be mentioned by any mensch.

  4. OldManchu says:

    Don Shipley called. He wants you to quit attempting to impersonate his beard. You aren’t even close you bum.

  5. gitarcarver says:

    I am confused.

    The records were requested in 2014.

    The letter saying the file had been misplaced is from January 2015, and TAH is just getting this now?

    I know that the US Postal Service is slow at times, but this has to be a record of some sort.

    I must be missing something.

    • Hondo says:

      The typical turn time is a few weeks. Several months isn’t unheard of, though – and some requests take even longer. A search for lost records could easily take several months.

      You’d have to ask Jonn if he’s had this for a long time, or if he’s just received it. Since 22 Jan 2015 and 22 Jan 2016 were both workdays, it’s plausible that the date is either correct or is an early-in-the-year date typo.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      No, I was missing something – I didn’t put the latest letter from NPRC in the post. Thanks for pointing that out.

      • gitarcarver says:

        Well, that makes more sense now. Once again, please take my post as a “huh?” rather than a criticism.

        Thanks for the update on the post and including the 2016 letter.

  6. The Commentor' Formerly Known as MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    If the org was called ‘Hobos for Veterans’ it would be more credible.

  7. Green Thumb says:

    A future All-Points Logistics parking attendant.


  8. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Aaah, so he cons charitable people as fast as Bernath rips off his clients!

  9. richard says:

    One bad apple! a DD214 must be shown since Harvey defrauded us! Focus on Veterans Org, provides FREE medical transportation to VA hospitals in CT and RI, Quality sober housing and employment. State or federal grants are not used. Just Veterans soliciting and earning an income to do it. before you believe everything you read, come see our homes and meet the Vets.