Navy SEAL Impersonator Gets Prison Sentence For Stolen Valor
A man from North Texas who falsely claimed to be a wounded decorated Navy SEAL has been sentenced to spend four years in prison.
Carlos Felipe Luna-Gonzalez of Granbury was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to theft after he accepted a gun that was donated to him to honor his service record, failure to appear and bail jumping.
Gonzalez was arrested back in 2014 after a tip was made saying that his claims of being a wounded Navy SEAL were false.
According to a local gun store owner that worked with police, they became suspicious of Gonzalez’ claims after he accepted a $2,300 LWRC rifle to honor his service.
Luna-Gonzalez, who’s an ex-seaman apprentice was free on bond after he fled to Puerto Rico. He was later extradited to Texas to face the theft charge.
The local sheriff’s office confiscated a fake uniform of a Navy SEAL Lieutenant Junior Grade that Gonzalez had in his possession.
The uniform had the emblem of the Navy SEALs, Navy Jump Wings, the rank insignia of a line officer LtJG and a Purple Heart ribbon.
Gonzalez received a 16 month sentence for theft, plus three years in prison for failure to appear and bail jumping.