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Old 06-26-2022, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default Another Texas Stolen Valor Scammer Pleads Guilty

https://www.kltv.com/2022/06/23/tyle...sing-war-hero/

"TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A Tyler man has pleaded guilty to federal charges after claiming to be a war hero.

Derek Robert Hamm, 38, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, violating the Stolen Valor Act, using a fraudulent military discharge certificate, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The Stolen Valor Act of 2013 makes it illegal to fraudulently wear medals, embellish rank, or make false claims of military service to obtain money, employment, property, or some other tangible benefit. As part of the plea agreement, Hamm agreed to pay restitution of at least $2.3 million and forfeiture of the proceeds of his criminal conduct, including jewelry, automobiles and cash proceeds in the amount of $1,675,000."
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Old 06-26-2022, 01:08 PM   #2
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What a crap bag. The nerve of some people. It blows my mind. It really does.

I don't know how some people sleep at night. It takes a special breed of jerk to live a lie and be okay with it.

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Old 06-26-2022, 01:15 PM   #3
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No words to describe such low-life’s.
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Old 06-26-2022, 01:30 PM   #4
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It’s really remarkable the extent to which he went to build his false persona - that’s a lot of work and it must have been quite convincing. When I read about con men with elaborate schemes I always wonder what they think their end game is going to be. (If they thought about it at all) Do they plan to scam a certain amount then disappear or do they think they can get away with it forever? These stolen valor guys always seem to get caught because eventually they say something around a real veteran that makes the needle on their BS meter start twitching. May just be a common term used improperly or a timeline that doesn’t quite add up.
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Old 06-26-2022, 01:34 PM   #5
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What is wrong with some people.
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Old 06-26-2022, 02:12 PM   #6
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What is wrong with some people.
They are sorryazz people, and we have many more than just this kind.
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Old 06-26-2022, 03:13 PM   #7
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Now this POS gets to vacation in a Federal facility for a few years ( won’t be 20 ) instead of getting his real punishment by being stoned by real Veterans.
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Old 06-26-2022, 03:43 PM   #8
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I am so ever thankful to the legals, prosecutors, and judges who do the right thing in these cases--and they do it for the right reason!
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Old 06-26-2022, 03:49 PM   #9
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How in the heck did he scam that much money ?
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Old 06-26-2022, 04:26 PM   #10
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How in the heck did he scam that much money ?
By claiming to be a war heroÖ..

Realistically, who really checks credentials when speaking with or donating to someone? My father used to wear a baseball cap that said something like, veteran: 5th RCT Korea

I am sure that many people thanked him for his service or made comments about it. He probably couldíve asked for donations for some cause. Who is going to stop him and ask to see his DD214 and then check to see if itís official? If you are soliciting big time funds then eventually it will come out like it did for this guy.

I believe that the an overwhelming majority of the public truly respects people who have served. When they see somebody that identifies himself as a veteran or is wearing clothing it makes it appear so, people are appreciative I donít go into a detective mode when they say thank you.

What might be most sickening in my opinion is that such people are playing on the goodheartedness of the public toward veterans.
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Old 06-26-2022, 04:30 PM   #11
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On a sidenote, in the article in the OP they mentioned the US Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas, Brit Featherston who prosecuted the case.

He was one of my police field training officer 39 years ago. He worked for a few years as patrol officer and FTO and then went to detectives. He finished law school and then work his way up to a US Attorney. Unlike probably a majority of federal prosecutors, he actually has several years on the streets as a police officer.
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Old 06-26-2022, 04:37 PM   #12
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Glad they smoked him!!! Sad that veterans from my dad's era still can't get full benefits without hiring outside assistance.

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Old 06-26-2022, 05:28 PM   #13
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There are some Awful people in this world!
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:05 PM   #14
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One down. Great! How many more are out there?
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:21 PM   #15
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Glad he got caught. He musta been a veteran of the "TDC", being a felon in possession of firearms. That alone aught to add a few more years to his rank TDC rank.
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:21 PM   #16
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IMHO it should be a hanging offense.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:27 PM   #17
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I am so ever thankful to the legals, prosecutors, and judges who do the right thing in these cases--and they do it for the right reason!
Agreed....
This guy gets 1.6mil...
And I gotta wait a month, to see a heart specialist....
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Old 06-27-2022, 06:19 AM   #18
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I never served (thank you too all that did/are/will serve) and cannot understand why someone would lie like this. Oh yeah, $$$$

Happy to see the prosecution.
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Old 06-27-2022, 08:57 AM   #19
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Someone needs to frag someone.
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:16 AM   #20
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How in the heck did he scam that much money ?
he also scammed investors by claiming to to be kin to a billionare oilman.
the extent of his scams is astonishing!
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:39 AM   #21
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More info on Hamm. He did serve in the National Guard.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2...it-was-a-ruse/
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:55 AM   #22
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More info on Hamm. He did serve in the National Guard.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2...it-was-a-ruse/
Haaaaaa! The most humorous/outlandish claim is 258 combat jumps! What a moron. Dude likely went to McDonalds 258 times in a short period, but fairly certain NOBODY has made more than 75 jumps. Idiot.
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