Pictured – Gene James Truck backed up to a homeless man’s tent blowing exhaust in to it. What a peach of a guy James is. Also note the ego plate on the truck too.
Stolen Valor Act of 2013
A revised version of the statute, the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, specifically amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for someone to claim they have served in the military, embellish their rank or fraudulently claim having received a valor award specific in the Act, with the intention of obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefits by convincing another that he or she received the award. Under this act, fraudulent claims about military service can be subject to a fine, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both for an individual who, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefits, fraudulently holds himself or herself to be a recipient of:
- Medal of Honor
- Distinguished Service Cross
- Navy Cross
- Air Force Cross
- Silver Star
- Bronze Star
- Purple Heart
- Combat Action Ribbon
- Combat Infantryman’s Badge
- Combat Action Badge
- Combat Medical Badge
- Combat Action Medal
- Any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized by law
Provided above is a summary of the federal law about Stolen Valor. Next up is the actual language:
‘‘(b) FRAUDULENT REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT RECEIPT OF MILITARY DECORATIONS OR MEDALS.—Whoever, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a recipient of a decoration or medal described in subsection (c)(2) or (d) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than one year, or both.’’.
The referenced part of the Federal Code has far more than the above list in it.
There was a complaint and a lot of controversy about San Clemente Councilman Gene James and his stolen valor. There is now video proof he did it. Gene James never earned the Legion of Merit. His DD214 confirms as such. Yet TWICE he was at events wearing said medal. 2016 and 2019.
Here is the original video featuring a news article with Gene James on broadcast TV with the indicated medal on his lapel.
The second video contains still shots from both USO event appearances in 2016 and 2019.
Your intrepid blogger is aware that the OC DA’s office was alerted to this when Gene James was a candidate. Did they have this proof then? What will they do with the complaint now that it appears to be substantiated?
There is an active and ongoing lawsuit from a mail vendor whose reputation was allegedly injured from printing the Stolen Valor lie. Gene James actually asked the City of San Clemente to defend said lawsuit!
To be continued…
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