Back in November, Cody Horvath’s apartment unit caught on fire.
The non-profit veterans organization Burn Pits 360 helped Horvath after he approached them.
However, according to federal court documents, Horvath never served in the Marine Corps.
A good way to determine if someone has actually had served in the military is to ask for separation paperwork. It is known as a DD-214.
This document keeps a record of everything that a person in the military has done from the first day of service to the very last day.
However, court documents say Horvath could not provide his paperwork, providing a major red flag.
“I have nothing. I’m sorry. I don’t want to talk about it,” says Horvath.
But Nueces County Veterans Officer Martin Longoria said he is disappointed by a person claiming to be a veteran when they are not.
“You know we all served at one time or another and impersonating somebody that you’re not, I don’t know how you wake up every day,” Longoria said.
Burn Pits 360 is considering taking legal action against Horvath.
Horvath has already had to pay back Burn Pits 360 more than $1,000 the group helped raise.
“We don’t take this lightly,” Burn Pits 360 executive director Rosie Torres said. “This is an insult. It’s a crime and it’s disgusting.”
Burn Pits 360 is working on returning that money to the people who donated it.