Wednesday, October 6, 2010
A Scottsdale man who posed as a highly decorated Marine for several years was sentenced Tuesday to 7 1/2 years in prison, according to the Arizona Attorney General's Office.
John W. Rodriguez, 31 was sentenced in Maricopa Country Superior Court on charges of forgery, fraudulent schemes and presentation of a false instrument for filing. Along with prison time, the sentence includes four years of probation upon his release.
Between 2005 and 2010, Rodriguez falsely represented himself as a Marine who was honored with a variety of prestigious medals, according to Molly E. Edwards, press secretary for the Arizona Attorney General's Office.
He gained access to military bases, received discounted airline tickets, went to the Marine Corps Ball and briefly acquired a job with a local health-care provider that gave him access to sensitive information on veterans.
He also signed documents claiming to be on active duty and listed military status when he tried to gain employment.
"This guy is such a good con man that he has trained with the local Marine Corps unit here. . . . He got in Camp Pendleton in San Diego with his ID," DPS Detective Roger Wilson said. "We started kind of considering this as domestic terrorism. NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) was very concerned. From that point on, the level of awareness was heightened."
Read the incredible story of how NCIS investigators flushed this guy out and scooped him up - on today's online edition of The Arizona Republic -
SEAN LINNANE SENDS . . .
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