Man indicted on 'stolen valor' counts

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A Ketchikan man has been indicted on charges of lying about his military record.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler says 53-year-old Thomas A. Dye was charged with two counts of violating the Stolen Valor Act, which criminalizes false claims to military medals.

He also was charged with two counts of misusing federal documents, including use of an altered military discharge certificate and the false use of Coast Guard Merchant Mariner license.

Loeffler said Dye lied about his military service for financial gain and posed as a decorated member of the armed forces, wearing medals and decorations he was not entitled to, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon.

The indictment was handed down Wednesday.

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