STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Greenwich man accused of pretending to be a wounded military veteran says he plans to pay back the $1,200 he received in donations to pay for medical expenses.

The Stamford Advocate reports that 20-year-old Jesus Garcia did not enter a plea during a court appearance Monday. His lawyer told the judge that Garcia is embarrassed and paying back the money is his priority.

Prosecutors say Garcia claimed he was an Army Ranger wounded during one of his four tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Garcia never served in the military.

He was arrested June 16 on charges of larceny, fraudulent representation of Armed Force uniform, fraudulent use of military insignia and interfering with an officer after he gave a false name and date of birth.
Information from: The Advocate,

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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