A con man who posed as a wounded veteran for several years has been sentenced to 14-years in prison.
Jeremy Wilson was sentenced in New York City on Monday for forgery. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Neil Ross handed down the sentence after Wilson posed as a wounded veteran to obtain fraudulent leases for a BMW in Boston.
Prosecutor Diego Diaz called out Wilson, saying that he has “spent his entire adult life devoted to fraud.”
“He claims to have been in a kibbutz in Israel, to have been shot in the head in Africa,” Diaz said. “He continues to perpetuate this fraud.”
“Jeremy Wilson posed as an airline executive, an MIT student, an Army veteran, and a member of an actors’ union,” a statement from Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance read. “Now the only uniform he will be wearing is a prison jumpsuit.”
Wilson’s attorney maintained that his client was simply acting and being postmodern.
“Who are we to say what is true and what’s not true?” defense attorney Robert Briere said. “Who are we to say what’s happened to him and what’s influenced his life?”
In court, Wilson admitted that he had spent most of his life lying.
“I’ve spent pretty much my entire adult life running and hiding from myself, and running and hiding from what I have done,” Wilson told the court.
“Of all the lies I’ve told other people, it’s the lies I’ve told myself that make living the hardest.”
There is nothing worse than a person who impersonates a veteran. Stolen valor is a major issue and our veterans deserve respect. Trying to hijack their accomplishments is disgusting, and in the case of Wilson, he deserves his lengthy prison sentence.
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