The Act makes it a crime for a person to falsely represent “himself or herself, verbally, or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States . . . .” A violation of the Act is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. The prosecution is being brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Alvarez does not deny he claimed to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, he claims he did it “just to entertain the public.”
In addition to his fallacious claim about the Medal of Honor, Alvarez claimed to have spent 25 years in the Marine Corps, during which he rescued an ambassador in Tehran – where he was shot twice while removing the American flag while hanging from a helicopter. He also claimed to have played minor-league hockey for the Detroit Red Wings, worked as a cop in Downey, CA where he was fired for using excessive force, and he claimed to be married to a Mexican starlet, but could not be seen with her in public because of the paparazzi.
While Alvarez’s claim to have been awarded the Medal of Honor is deserving of rebuke, should this be prosecuted criminally? Given the limited resources available for law enforcement, should the FBI and DoJ be pursuing the type of acts alleged to have been committed by Alvarez?
On a lighter note, this guy is an idiot. Who would brag about being fired from the police department for using excessive force? And this guy claims to brave enemy fire to save the American flag, but is terrified of the paparazzi. Also, if Alvarez should be prosecuted for anything, it is that mustache.