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Author Topic: Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general  (Read 4363 times)

jimL

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Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general
« on: December 30, 2009, 04:48:02 PM »



Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general
By Jeanette Steele, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 2:31 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — David Vincent Weber faced a federal judge Wednesday on charges that he wore fake military medals and tried to pass himself off as a Marine general at a Veterans of Foreign Wars event in Ramona.

Weber didn’t enter a plea, was allowed to post bail and was granted a federal defense attorney during a session in U.S. District Court in downtown San Diego.

That federal lawyer said Weber, 69, has a long list of medical problems, including prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, three past strokes and 18 medications he’s currently taking. Weber also is under the care of a psychiatrist, the attorney said.

Federal prosecutor Arthur Rizer said the U.S. Department of Justice is considering whether to pursue felony charges against Weber. The Wednesday hearing involved misdemeanor charges filed under the 2005 Stolen Valor Act.

Rizer said Weber attended a Marine Corps birthday celebration at a VFW hall and wore numerous decorations, including five Legion of Merit medals and two Purple Hearts — all of them fake. Weber was shown considerable courtesy at the event because of his assumed rank, Rizer said, including being allowed to eat the first piece of cake — an honor extended to the highest-ranking person at the gathering.

“He took the spotlight from individuals who did earn the medals they were wearing,” Rizer said.

Weber, who walks with a wooden cane and wears a hearing aid, refused to comment after leaving the courtroom.
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Re: Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2009, 05:04:43 PM »

Wow.
A Marine general.
You know, there's not a whole heckeva lot of Marine generals.
What quanzones. What ignorance. What a character flaw.

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JimH

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Re: Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2009, 08:40:37 PM »

Here are a few points that are in an update of the original story:

"David Vincent Weber, 69, appeared in court out of custody and was ordered to post $15,000 bail.

Magistrate Judge Ruben Brooks set a hearing for Thursday to determine if Weber should have to turn over an identification card that prosecutors say indicates he's a major general.

Other Honored guests included a Marine who fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II, the prosecutor said.

Without being more specific, the prosecutor said Weber had an old conviction and failed to make a court appearance in that case.

Weber's attorney, Joseph Camden, said his client pleaded guilty to the crime in 1994 and was incarcerated for a time. The attorney said Weber's failure to appear was a misunderstanding because prosecutors didn't have his address.

In a probable cause statement, FBI Special Agent James E. Pringle said Weber separated from the Marines in 1967 at the rank of staff sergeant, not major general, after serving a six-year enlistment.

The separation form also showed that Weber did not earn the military decorations that adorned the uniform he wore to the VFW function, Pringle wrote.
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Re: Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2009, 08:56:36 PM »

Here are some of the claims at the USMC Ball as poster on POWNET:

WEBER, DAVID VINCENT 09/2008
11/2009
 CA CLAIMS USMC Retired Major General David Weber, MOS 0202. JAG attorney, NAVY SEAL (frogmen), retired 6-'93. Served in Lebanon, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, among others.
He lives in Ramona, (San Diego area) California and does get medical service at the Vista, California VA. He retired from the Corps on 6-2-1993 and was under the command of Carl Epling Munday, Jr.. Gen. Weber indicates he was trained as a frogman (now SEALs?), perhaps a reason why he won't come up as a SEAL (He was assigned to frogmen training as part of his intelligence 0202 preparation.)

He was promoted to USMC Major General under the command of Alfred Mason Gray. He also served under commanders Paul Xavier Kelley, Robert Cushman, Leonard F. Chapman and Krulak. At the time of retirement, he was offered post heading NSA with promotion to Lt. General. He was in command of intelligence gathering for the Corps covering an area from the Mississipi to Australia. As a retired general, he was later tapped by Casper Weinberger to assist Pres. Bush in an intelligence mission to Iraq. His 0202 MOS keeps his records from being accessible and his picture from being taken, however, there is a Corps yearbook in 1959 which shows him pictured.

There is no easy access to his DD214 because of the intelligence work he did.

David Vincent Weber, Sr. (USMC Retired Major-General) has provided the following BUD/S class number: 01809473.
 
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Re: Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2009, 04:39:36 PM »

Gentlemen- the first piece of cake goes to the oldest Marine present next piece to the youngest marine present-and as far as the crazy guy pretending to be a Marine General -Fuck Him----
respectfully SgtMaj (Ret) USMC
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Re: Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2009, 04:47:54 PM »

In fact if Chesty Puller was alive he probably would have killed the loon-again fuck the son of a bitch-
respectfully, WW (ELB) "speed of light" Retired SgtMaj USMC
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Re: Man faces charges of passing himself off as Marine general
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010, 11:50:45 PM »


DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — David Vincent Weber of Ramona pleaded guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor count of illegally wearing military medals he didn’t earn.

His fraud unraveled after he wore the medals, including two Purple Hearts, and passed himself off as a Marine general during a Veterans of Foreign Wars gathering in Ramona last November. Some people who attended the event questioned Weber’s stories, pursued verification and uncovered the truth.

“This was an important case to the government and to me personally. I have a Purple Heart from Iraq,” said federal prosecutor Arthur Rizer.

Weber didn’t comment before or after the Thursday hearing in U.S. District Court in downtown San Diego.

He faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. But as part of a plea agreement, the prosecution and defense jointly recommended one year of probation.

The sentencing was supposed to take place during the session. Instead, Federal Magistrate Ruben Brooks postponed it until April 15 so he could order a presentencing report on Weber.

“I want a fuller picture of who he is,” Brooks said.



Link below to story with a photo of him at the event

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jan/14/ramona-man-pleads-guilty-wrongful-wearing-military/
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