Richard Strandlof, otherwise known as “Rick Duncan,” will be prosecuted by the federal government under the Stolen Valor Act. Strandlof is accused of perpetrating a fraud when he claimed to be an Iraq veteran who was wounded in a bomb in Falluja.
Strandlof’s tale of heroism has been exposed in the last few months as reporters and veterans advocates unraveled his web of lies. Strandlof had claimed that he was a Marine Corps Captain who had served three tours in Iraq. He gained popularity as a spokesman for veterans when he formed the Colorado Veterans Alliance and met with local politicians. In reality, Strandlof is a drifter from Montana with a criminal record and history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Additional lies that Strandlof perpetrated include:
- Survival of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon
- A wartime injury to his head requiring a metal plate
- Three tours in Iraq
Strandlof faces a find and up to a year in prison if convicted of violating the Stolen Valor Act.