Stolen Valor Scheme Lands Woman in Hot Water

Our country’s servicemembers sacrifice a lot to ensure the United States has a national defense, isn’t invaded, and otherwise is able to remain free.

Unfortunately, many servicemembers don’t get the fair treatment they deserve in return. On Joe Biden’s watch, some were kicked out of the military for not taking COVID vaccines.

Though even before the current administration, there have been serious problems concerning the lack of resources available to these women and men after they’re back from serving our nation.

One thing that’s not often discussed is stolen valor. Though in a recent case of stolen valor, the perpetrator is paying a price for it, according to the Gateway Pundit.

What Exactly Happening?

For reasons still being dissected, Sarah Jane Cavanaugh claimed to be a US Marine, while also collecting donations under false pretenses of having cancer. Cavanaugh has never served in the military for even one day.

However, her employment with Rhode Island Veterans Affairs Medical Center gave her access to knowledge that would make pretending to be a veteran much easier.

Because of this woman’s actions, she is going to federal prison for almost six years, due to fraud. Her scheme not only involved lying about having cancer and pretending to be a Marine, but she also falsely alleged to have won a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Ahead of her sentencing, Cavanaugh admitted guilt to a host of crimes, including aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of military medals, wire theft, and forged military discharge certificate.

She’ll also have to pay back the hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that she swindled folks out of.

FBI Responds

Joseph R. Bonavolonta, a special agent managing the FBI’s Boston division, spoke out about this latest case of stolen valor.

According to Bonavolonta, Cavanaugh had no qualms with lying about military service and cancer in her efforts to gain funds and various donations.

The special agent then confirmed that the FBI remains committed to cracking down on folks who lie about military service and rob programs that are meant to help servicemembers and veterans.

This situation remains unfortunate, as there are still many legitimate servicemembers and veterans who are in need of help and support. There still remains a very long way to go before aid for these folks is fully set up and able to meet current needs.

To this day, there are still far too many veterans who are homeless and servicemembers who return with no idea of what to do or where to go.

This article appeared in New Vision News and has been published here with permission.