NOTE: WPVI blurred the man’s face because at this time, he has not been charged with a crime.
A veteran says he confronted a man impersonating a soldier at a shopping mall in Langhorne, Penn., on Black Friday.
Now, a video of the confrontation has gone viral.
In the three-minute video, former Infantryman Ryan Berk, 26, starts quizzing the man in uniform and finds his answers unsatisfying.
Specifically, he asks where did he get the three CIBs — Combat Infantry Badges — the man displayed?
“Afghanistan,” the man says.
Then Berk asks, “You know you need to be in three different campaigns to get three CIBs, right?”
The interrogation goes downhill with Berk finding fault with items from the man’s boots to a misplaced flag patch.
“Why is your flag so low on your shoulder? It should be up here,” Berk says.
“Got me on that one, bud,” the man says.
After some harsh words, the man tells Berk they are going to see his sergeant major.
“Why don’t you just admit you are a phony? I have worn that [expletive] uniform and I’ve had friends get killed in Afghanistan wearing that [expletive] uniform… No, you haven’t you’re full of [expletive]. Stolen valor, right here. Stolen valor!” Berk shouts.
WPVI tracked the man in the uniform to a house in Philadelphia. No one answered the door.
Public records indicate an individual by the same name faced a prior charge in 2003 of impersonating a public servant.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick has asked the U.S. attorney to look into this recent incident to see if it violates the federal stolen valor act that makes it illegal to impersonate a soldier to obtain money or a tangible benefit.
The U.S Attorney’s office says it received the letter from Fitzpatrick, but it can’t say if an investigation has been opened.
KCPQ in Seattle, WA checked into the man’s claim of receiving training at Fort Lewis. Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord confirmed that they have no record that the uniformed man ever served at the base.