A stolen valor scumbag is back in jail after assaulting a Today Show cameraman who confronted him about his lies.
Convicted of Impersonating a Soldier for Financial Gain (the legal name for stolen valor), Jonathan Wade Short is the epitome of a stolen valor scumbag. Having served 10 months in federal prison, Short went so far down the rabbit hole with his lies that he even had the ranger tab tattooed on his shoulder.
A cameraman filming for the Today Show was filming a piece on military imposters and, as one of the few convicted of the crime, Short was a natural person of interest. When the cameraman asked him where he’d been wounded, Short sophomorically replied “in your face.”
The conversation degraded from there with Short punching the camera and attacking the cameraman. When he calmed down for a moment, the cameraman asked why he didn’t “just enlist? Why do all this?
“Might want to call the cops, there’s going to be a murder,” Short replied before calling the police himself.
When police arrived, the hot headed wanna-be hero again tried to attack the cameraman, resulting yet another arrest.
A press release from the United States Attorney’s Office summarizes Short’s crimes, prosecution, & conviction:
Hardin County, Kentucky, man pleaded guilty in United States District Court today, before District Judge John G. Heyburn II, to charges of pretending to be an officer of the United States, wire fraud, making false statements or representations, and entering government property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Jonathan Wade Short, age 23, despite being a civilian with absolutely no record of service in the armed forces of the United States, admitted to falsely impersonating a United States soldier for a period between March 8, 2012, until December 7, 2012.
Further, during August 2012, Short admitted in court to meeting A.V., the daughter of a retired member of the armed forces, on a social networking site where he falsely claimed to be a highly decorated soldier, who had been on multiple deployments, and received high military honors (including the Purple Heart). Approximately one month later, when the two met for the first time in person, Short, dressed in a complete Army Combat Uniform (ACU) wearing the rank of Sergeant, a Combat Infantryman Badge, and Parachutists Badge, Combat Patch, and a Ranger tab. While dating A.V. in Daviess and Hardin Counties and elsewhere, Short, who was accompanied by A.V., repeatedly demanded and obtained financial benefits and discounts only entitled to current and former members of the armed forces of the United States. Short possessed at least seven Army Dress Uniforms, with accompanying ribbons, badges, and medals, and wore them in public and on social networking sites as part of his continuous effort to impersonate a decorated combat veteran.
Between October 6, 2012, and approximately November 16, 2012, in Hardin County, defendant Short, did repeatedly ask A.V. to send him money under the false premise that he needed money to help defray the expenses related to his son’s emergency medical treatment at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Short actually had no son who was ill or hospitalized. In fact, he demanded the money from A.V. in order to exploit A.V.’s belief he was a noble soldier in a desperate family and financial situation. During the two month period, A.V. gave Short nearly $1,000.
On or about December 7, 2012, Short admitted to A.V. he was not a Soldier and that he solicited money from her based upon false pretenses. Moreover, he refused to return the solicited funds upon A.V.’s request. Further, on or about October 11, 2012, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in the exclusive territorial jurisdiction of the United States, Short was apprehended once Military Police at Fort Knox for attempting to impersonate a Soldier. Once an investigation revealed the extent of his fraud, he was apprehended and detained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation near Springfield, IL. If convicted at trial, Short faced a possible combined maximum term of 23 years in prison, a combined maximum fine of $500,000 and a ten year term of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for September 15, 2013, at 1:00 pm, in Louisville, before Judge Heyburn.
This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Milton A. Turner and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The great guys over at Guardians of Valor nailed Short when he was first brought up and have more detail on his prior actions on their website. The work they do is invaluable to the veteran community and to getting word about these pretenders as quickly as possible.
—Courtesy of Controversial Times