Another Coast Man Arrested On Purple Heart Fraud Charges

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- Frank Thayer, 59 of Gulfport, was arrested Tuesday on charges of false claims about receipt of military decorations and medals, U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton announced.

In a criminal compliant filed April 1, 2008, Thayer is accused of falsely represent himself, verbally and in writing as having been awarded a Purple Heart Medal for service in the United States Armed Forces - knowing in truth that he had never been in the military and had never been awarded such military medal. Also that he knowingly purchased a Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Star Medal with ribbon without legal authority to do so.

The affidavit in support of the criminal complaint further alleges that in 2006 Thayer falsely represented himself during an interview with WLOX on a segment honoring veterans in Mississippi that he was a veteran and had been awarded the Purple Heart Medal.  It further alleges that when interviewed by federal agents, he admitted that he had never been in the military and that his story about serving in Vietnam was completely false.

Thayer appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Robert Walker of Gulfport and was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.