Va. man impersonated U.S. Navy officer

Feb. 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A man described by law enforcement as a one-man fraud spree is charged with impersonating a U.S. Navy officer at a Virginia naval air station, officials said.

Michael Ray Jacobs, who has been convicted of at least 49 crimes in Virginia, appeared in U.S. District Court in Norfolk Monday, where he is charged with nine counts of fraud. Specifically, the 52-year-old convicted con man is accused or wearing a naval officer's uniform -- and campaign medals and military decorations -- at the Oceana Naval Air Station, a naval dental office in Norfolk and a recruiting office in March 2010, The (Norfolk) Virginia-Pilot reported.

The uniform had been stolen from the air station's exchange.

Jacobs never served in the U.S. Navy, the indictment said.

In 2006, Congress passed a law making it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military decorations and medals.

The Virginia-Pilot said Jacobs, who once lived in Virginia Beach, previously had been sentenced to 14 years in prison for fraud, forgery and larceny.

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