MIL-OSI Security: Canadian Man Pleads Guilty to Stolen Valor Offense and Unlawfully Forging Military Discharge Paperwork

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Source: Office of United States Attorneys

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Randall J. Montour, age 45, a resident of Cornwall, Ontario, pled guilty today to violating the Stolen Valor Act of 2013 and to falsifying his military discharge certificate.  United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and United States Marshal David L. McNulty made the announcement.

Montour admitted that he falsely altered his Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Form DD-214, to reflect he received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and that he earned numerous decorations, medals, badges, citations or campaign ribbons, including the Purple Heart. Military records show, however, that Montour received a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2001 and was awarded only the Air Force Training Ribbon during his time in service. He is not a Purple Heart recipient. Montour also admitted that he used his altered Form DD-214 to purchase Purple Heart Recipient license plates from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, which he then affixed to his vehicle.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 27, 2024. Montour faces up to 1 year in jail, a fine of up to $100,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 1 year.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

The United States Marshals Service investigated the case with assistance from the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas G. Collyer is prosecuting the case.

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