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Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 11:45 am
Jesse MacBeth goes to the big house:
A Tacoma man who falsely claimed he was a decorated war hero when he took the stage at demonstrations held in opposition to the U.S.‘s role in Iraq was sentenced this morning to five months in prison in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
Jesse MacBeth, 23, was also sentenced to three months in a halfway house after his release and three years of probation.
On June 7, MacBeth pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. MacBeth admitted that he filed a bogus claim for VA benefits in 2005, which included a fraudulent military-discharge form.
He’s no military veteran, but he is a veteran of local prisons. It’s kind of unfair; MacBeth is jailed for false statements, but those who circulated his false statements didn’t even lose their jobs. Not immediately, anyway. Meanwhile, Macbeth himself is sorry:
“I’m sorry not only for lying about everything and discrediting anti-war groups, but also for defaming the real heroes, the soldiers out there sacrificing for their country,” MacBeth said. “I was trying to pull a fast one, to make money to get off the streets.”
MacBeth fooled peace groups and alternative media to become something of an anti-war star over the past four years.