Veterans confronted a man wearing a fake Army Rangers uniform at San Joaquin Delta College. The man in the uniform claimed he did not have his identification with him, but the veterans pointed out the inconsistencies on his badges as proof he was not a real Army Ranger. One of the veterans was arrested, but the footage was captured in a video that has gone viral on YouTube.
Joseph Matthew Scott is accused of wearing an Army Rangers uniform on the college campus without actually being in the military, according to News 10 ABC. Two veterans, an Army Ranger and an Army veteran identified as Kristopher Vieira, confronted him about the uniform and tried to get an I.D. from him. Scott claimed he did not have his wallet on him, but the veteran pointed out it is part of his uniform.
Campus police arrested Kristopher Vieira for disturbing the peace and arguing with Scott. A video of the confrontation is doing well on YouTube, but it does not appear that Scott will face any consequences. The veterans pointed out that the tabs on his uniform were wrong because the 101st Airborne tab and E.O.D. tab should not have been on it. Scott had no response to these accusations and continued to insist he was a real Army Ranger wearing a real uniform.
The inconsistent tabs on his uniform have led people to believe it is fake, and his inability to provide an I.D. or proof he served has led people to believe he is an imposter. The veterans who argued with him failed to achieve much, but their anger was clear, and the video has gone viral. However, San Joaquin Delta College does not seem to be taking any steps to fix these issues or address if Scott is truly an imposter.
It is not uncommon for people to wear military uniforms without actually serving but pretending to be in the Army can have its consequences. However, the Stolen Valor Act of 2013 makes it a crime for a person to pretend to have earned a medal or other type of recognition without actually serving. A person who is caught doing this can face prison time and a fine for their actions. The act was created to protect those who actually served by keeping their honors from fraudsters and preventing someone else from trying to benefit from them.