Colorado

Nov 17, 2009 5:26 PM by Associated Press

Alleged Marine impostor pleads not guilty

A man who brought attention to homeless veterans in Colorado Springs has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying about being a decorated veteran.

Richard Glen Strandlof faces five federal misdemeanor counts under the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it illegal to make false claims of having military decorations. He was in court Monday.

Investigators say Strandlof claimed he was a Marine captain named Rick Duncan who had lost four men under his command in an attack in Iraq, was wounded there, and earned a Purple Heart and a Silver Star Medal.

Strandlof later allegedly told an investigator he never served in the military.

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