St. Louis man posing as a Purple Heart Awardee pleads quilty

St. Louis man posing as a Purple Heart Awardee pleads quilty

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 26, 2017 (STL.News) St. Louis man, Mark Chartrand, age 48, pleaded guilty to a single count of violating the Stolen Valor Act representing that he was a Purple Heart Awardee.  Pleading guilty before Judge Henry E. Autrey, whom accepted his plea, Chartrand’s sentencing was set for August 22, 2017.  Chartrand will remain in custody until his sentencing.

According to the press release distributed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri, the plea agreement states that Chartrand traveled from Missouri to California and convinced his AirBNB hosts to extend credit, loaning Chartrand money based on his distinguished military service and numerous awards and medals including a Purple Heart.

Chartrand, a previous federal offender, a sustained conviction for impersonating a federal officer in 2012, convinced his girlfriend to loan him money based on his employment as an American Intelligence Officer.

Chartrand could face up to one-year in prison, and/or fined $100,000.  Restitution to victim (s) is mandatory.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General and Defense Criminal Investigative Service.