Timothy Jay Hall/Ramona Sentinel
David Weber of Ramona, dressed in the uniform of a Marine major general, talks with Marine Lt. Col. Todd Oneto during the Ramona VFW's Marine Corps Birthday ceremony on Nov. 7.
David Weber, 69, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine. The retired Marine pleaded guilty to a charge of making false claims about military decorations or medals. He was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.
Weber was busted after attending a Veterans of Foreign Wars event in Ramona last November. At the ceremony, which was a celebration of the Marine Corps birthday, Weber wore a full dress uniform adorned with numerous medals and was honored by being offered the first piece of cake.
Weber later admitted he never earned the prestigious awards.
Prosecutors said Weber's actions were a slap in the face to service members who put their lives on the line to earn those medals.
In November 2009, Weber told the "Ramona Sentinel" that he has "often said that God gave us one mouth and two ears so that we would listen more than we talk. I did not follow that advice."
Weber told the paper that he was in the Marines from 1958-67. He said he was a staff sergeant at the time of his discharge.