Monday, September 21, 2009

Wire: US Marine Charged With Faking War Wounds for Gain

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2009 -- Newswire services today reported that the Marine Corps is court-martialing a sergeant who allegedly fabricated a tale of battlefield heroism to get freebies intended for wounded warriors.

The Associated Press reported that Sgt. David Budwah (BOOD'-wah) allegedly attended six rock concerts, two Washington Nationals games and a Washington Redskins game under false pretenses.

The Springhill, La., native told boys last year at an American Legion camp in western Maryland that he was wounded in Afghanistan -- but the Marines say he was never there, AP said.

Budwah says the allegations aren't true.

He's currently assigned to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va.

Budwah faces up to 31 1/2 years in prison if convicted on all counts at a trial set to begin Oct. 20 at Quantico, AP said.

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(Report from newswire sources.)

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