Did you know that this country has a Stolen Valor Act? The Stolen Valor Act was passed in 2005, and it forbids people from lying about receiving medals or decorations pertaining to the military or wearing medals one has not earned. Well, someone has now been charged with violating the Stolen Valor Act, and he is the first person in the country to have been so charged for his words only, rather than wearing unearned medals.
The defendant is named Xavier Alvarez who, while appearing as a new member of the water board in Pomona at a public meeting in July 2007, claimed that he was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor as a retired Marine. Alvarez later admitted that this was not true.
No, he had not received what is the highest award one can receive as a member of the military, nor had he even served his country in uniform.