Sentenced for lying about military service

Kenneth E. Jozwiak, a 68-year-old Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to four years in prison for theft and faking paperwork.

U.S. prosecutors say he produced fake discharge paperwork in 2014. Jozwiak submitted a discharge certificate to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that claimed he served as a Navy SEAL from 1965 to 1968 and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was attempting to obtain pension benefits intended for low-income wartime veterans.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the northern district of Ohio, all of Jozwiak’s claims — including the four Purple — were totally false. His real military service was one year of a four-year enlistment from 1967 to 1968. He was never stationed overseas.

The U.S. Attorney stated that Jozwiak pleaded guilty. He also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and lying to investigators. He was sentenced late last week to more than four years in prison.

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