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Fake General Barred From VA Volunteer Work

He was serving part of his community service sentence at a VA hospital



    Fake General Barred From VA Volunteer Work
    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.

    A former Marine who pleaded guilty to wearing unearned medals has been barred from serving his community service sentence at the Veterans Administration hospital in San Diego.

    Veterans Administration spokeswoman Cindy Butler told the North County Times that David Weber's volunteer work had been terminated.

    The decision came after the American Combat Veterans of War complained that it was disrespectful to veterans to let Weber work at the hospital.

    The 69-year-old former Marine staff sergeant was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to pay a $500 and perform 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty in January to posing as a Marine general.

    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.

    Since Weber’s case, two federal courts ruled the Stolen Valor Act unconstitutional. Prosecutors are expected to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.