Art Medina; phony Marine in the news

| December 24, 2016

Art Medina

A few weeks ago, we wrote about Art Medina who was sent to us by the folks at Guardian of Valor. He claimed to be a Fallujah Marine and told folks that he was raising money for injured warriors. It seems that he was supposed to be organizing the NFL’s Toys for Tots program this year, too. The truth is that he spent most of time in the Marines as a deserter. Our buddy, Dan Noyes, at ABC7 busted him on camera;

The Redwood City Chapter of the NFL alumni Toys for Tots program is bouncing back with the help of some real marines after the man who organized the toy drive had to resign after getting caught lying about his military record.

Art Medina says he didn’t think he’d ever get caught for the lies he told to so many people even though the San Jose man has seen all the stories ABC7 Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes has done on people who falsely claim to be war heroes.

For three years, Medina was the NFL’s military liaison responsible for arranging color guards and fund-raisers. He has left behind angry football players and military veterans.

Medina FOIA

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Medina and Mattis

But the Supreme Court says that Stolen Valor is a victimless crime.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    He operated in Dan Noyes country. Not smart. Not smart at all.

  2. Claw says:

    “they’ll get some money.” “I’m sorry.”

    I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that $6K check.

  3. JimV says:

    This guy needs to get a real job. Maybe he can pick strawberries.

  4. Smaj says:

    He doesn’t appear to be sorry for his despicable acts. He needs to be prosecuted and jailed for fraud. He is absolute scum.

  5. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    ART MEDINA screwed with a lot of people… and it’s looking like he ripped off some. The AWOL EX-MARINE needs to be watching his back, not just for the POPO, but for the people that he stole money from.

    BZ to Dan for another piece of investigative journalism – he should be teaching at one of those J-schools about how to do some real journalism.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      “BZ to Dan for another piece of investigative journalism – he should be teaching at one of those J-schools about how to do some real journalism.”

      DITTO that and if I ever got to meet Dan Noyes face to face his next shot and a beer would be on me!

  6. Joe Mama says:

    Dude shows some nice side-boob at 3:00. Wonder if he’s lactating.

  7. Combat Historian says:

    Deserter scumbag slimeball, nuff said…

  8. Green Thumb says:


  9. ex-OS2 says:

    Still a cocksucker.

  10. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    “Art Medina says he didn’t think he’d ever get caught for the lies he told to so many people even though the San Jose man has seen all the stories ABC7 Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes has done on people who falsely claim to be war heroes.”

    IMHO that’s proof that the lying-assed snot-headed shit-for-brains hoaxster is only sorry he got caught, what a DINGLEBERRY!

  11. Sparks says:

    Pieces of shit gonna be…pieces of shit.

  12. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Okay, I got off my ass and watched the video, JESUS, Joseph, Mary and Haile Selassie, JUST how big of a fucking fucked up attention whore can one make themselves in to? He really took some folks for a ride and I hope he gets criminal charges pressed against him!

    KUDOS to Dan Noyes for outing that pus-nuts no-load POS Dingleberry on the air!

  13. lily says:

    I think Medina got lucky. It looks like he was about to embezzle a whole lot more money if he got that foundation started. If he was really planning on giving that $6000 to the Marines Memorial Club he would have broke out the check book during the interview. Truth is he probably already spend a lot of it and now has to think of where to get the money from.

  14. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Meeeeeee, mee mee me me, meeeeeeee…

    I was just getting ready for a hymn in tribute to ART MEDINA THE PHONY MARINE, anyone wanna join?

    FUCK him…
    Fuck HIM…

    Thankyaverymuch, don’t forget to tip your veal and try the Waitress!

    • Claw says:

      I’ll join you. Turning to page 12 of the TAH hymnal.

      La-La-la-La-La. Re-Re-Re-Re-Re-Do-Si-Do.

      Cough, cough. Phlegm. Spit at the mention of Art Medina’s name.


  15. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Art Medina CONNED his way into a lot of things:

    1. NFL Liason, was that a paying job?
    2. He took donations for food and lodging.
    3. He conned his way into people letting him stay in their homes.

    That and the alleged $6K he took while pretending to be a Combat Wounded Veteran, maybe this could be forwarded to a competent Prosecutor that gives a damn?

  16. Just An Old Dog says:

    Slam dunk case for fraud, even if you don’t throw in stolen valor, which this is a textbook case of as well.
    He collected over 6,000 dollars in funds which he has no accounting for other than mumbling something about T-shirts.
    Not to mention all the freebies he was getting while working for those organizations.
    He fled all right, probably not because of threats but to get away from those handcuffs he should get thrown on his ass.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Not to mention really pissing off a bunch of REAL USMC Vets, such a stupid move can be conducing to one repeatedly falling up and down multiple flights of stairs.

  17. borderbill (a NIMBY/Banana) says:

    He’s gonna be a noncombat wounded phony snot-laden muslim-injected box inhabiting fecal-stuffed——–. Piss on him, too.
    Meanwhile- Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah to all my brothers and sisters who reside in this tent.

  18. jarhead says: me the Grinch who might spoil someone’s Christmas, but I’ve heard and read so many of these stories that I tend to look for details that do NOT fit the story. Here is a link I’d appreciate someone with better investigative skills than me to take a look at. The two important points that jump out at me are here: He’s 55 years old and claims he joined the Navy and served in Afghanistan. Some how that age makes me wonder…a LOT!
    Secondly, now that someone has supposedly bought him a home and given it to him, he claims since he now has a permanent address he can apply for food stamps and V A benefits.
    What am I missing here?
    The link well worth reading:

    If I’m wrong, don’t hesitate to call me paranoid. In my own defense, I am aware of more than one who lives under a bridge but still manages to have a checking account to which his disability check is mailed each month.

    • Josh says:

      Not saying he’s legit or phony….but…I’m 44, been to both Iraq and Afghanistan, joined the Corps when I was 19 and retired in 2013 after 21 years. If he joined the Navy in his late 20’s, joined at 26 got out at 42…we were in Afghanistan in 2002, 55 now is possible with service in Afghanistan.

      Mailing address…gotta have one. No address no bank account, no bank account no direct deposit, no monthly VA money. I know with SC you have to have an address to get Stats assistance, Food Stamps, also. There are a lot of homeless Vets in this area that still get hard checks from the VA sent to a PO box then go to a grocery store or check cashing place to cash it….but you still have to have that address.

      Is he real…I dunno.
      Is he fake…I dunno.

      • jarhead says:

        Josh…thanks for at least taking a look at it and giving an honest opinion. If nothing else, there is one piece of news that you are not aware of yet. Last week I received a letter from the V A regarding travel pay alone, since my monthly SC check arrives via direct deposit. Starting next month (at least in Alabama) no more hard checks will be issued for Medical Travel Reimbursement. You will be required to sign up for Direct Deposit if you already receive monthly compensation via Direct Deposit. In other words, if you currently receive monthly payments via Direct Deposit, then your travel pay reimbursement must also be sent via Direct Deposit. However, if you do not currently receive ANY payment via Direct Deposit, you can still opt for receipt of a prepaid debit card, both for monthly compensation and travel reimbursement. Nope, it makes absolutely no sense to me either, other than not wasting paper to write checks on. Beyond that, I can see every bit as much trouble with those debit cards getting into the wrong hands just as easily as checks.

        From your thoughts on age, etc., I see no reason to go overboard with this. Then again, you know how we Devil dogs are, just have to find out on my own. Will get back on this story if anything really odd turns up. Meanwhile, thanks for the help.


  19. TankBoy says:

    Hopefully somebody keeps digging and finds this piece of shit benefitted financially, and can be prosecuted.

    Arturo, you graduated recruit training, but lost the right forever to call yourself a Marine when you deserted us and got busted out. After this charade, you are not only not one of us, you no longer exist to us. I curse your mother for giving birth to you, you piece of shit.

    1stSgt USMC (Ret.)
    1stSgt Fallujah

  20. Carlton G. Long says:

    He’s not only a phony Marine, but I have researched this fellow and determined that he is also neither funky nor cold.