Marine Pleads Guilty To Faking War Wounds For Freebies

A Marine Corps sergeant has pleaded guilty in Virginia to faking war injuries to get freebies meant for wounded warriors.

(CBS/AP)

A Marine Corps sergeant has pleaded guilty to faking war injuries to get freebies meant for wounded warriors.

Sgt. David Budwah pleaded guilty to eight charges including making false statements, malingering, misconduct and larceny at a court-martial hearing in Quantico, Va., on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Budwah was never deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, as he claimed. They say he lied about being wounded and having post-traumatic stress disorder and wore medals he didn't earn.

Budwah admitted to bluffing his way into 13 events last year, including banquets, rock concerts and a Washington Redskins football game.

The 34-year-old Marine from Springhill, La., faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison, a reduction in rank and a dishonorable discharge when he is sentenced later Wednesday.


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  • by being something you're not on Oct 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    what goes around comes around and surely this fool will get his. disrespectful to the country as a soldier. i've lost my respect for this man. should send him over to iraq with no pay and make him do the dirty work
  • by anon Location: Washington on Oct 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    Disgraceful, dishonorable and disgusting.... That is putting it mildly in my opinion. People like that do not deserve the honor of wearing a uniform.
  • by Phrogluvr Location: ENC on Oct 21, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    Let's not be so hard on this guy! He faked his way into FedEx field as a Washington Redskins fan? As an avid Redskins fan, I have this observation: an entire team faked their way into FedEx Field posing as the Washington Redskins! Have they been charged?
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