Man impersonating Army Ranger might face federal charges

Sean Yetman, a phony Army Ranger, was confronted by Ryan Berk, sergeant in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, for putting on a fake Army uniform and not knowing his military standing. The whole incident was recorded by Berk and posted online.

“Stolen valor at its finest,” Berk told the sham solider in the video. “Why don’t you just admit that you’re a phony?”

The video prompted Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, R-8th District, to write to U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger so he could look at the video and realize that it contains possible evidence of a federal crime.

The Stolen Valor Act states that it’s illegal for a person to fraudulently portray themselves as a member of the military in order to get discounts, money or other type of tangible benefits.  Berk said that Yetman was probably dressed up as an Army Ranger when he learned that the Walking Company—a shoe store—offered a military discount.  This is not the first time that Yetman was caught impersonating someone in the call of duty. Yetman had already been convicted for impersonating a cop in 2003, according to court records.


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