Man arrested for impersonating a Soldier on Veterans day

Michael S. Porter was arrested for allegedly impersonating a Non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. Photo Credit: Galloway Police Department
Michael S. Porter standing next to a Galloway Police car. Photo Credit: Galloway Police
Michael S. Porter standing next to a Galloway Police car. Photo Credit: Galloway Police

Police in New Jersey busted 25-year-old Michael Porter for impersonating military personnel on Veteran’s Day.

Authorities are calling it a case of stolen valor.  Porter allegedly claimed he was a member of the Army military police and was dressed in a uniform outside a base in South Jersey.

The officer who made the arrest, Gary Brenner, who is himself a former Marine, said he recognized Porter from another incident and knew he had not served in the military.

When speaking to NBC Philadelphia, Brenner said: ‘We believe he could possibly have been out trying to get some benefit from the uniform.  He continued to say’I take a lot of offence to it. There’s men and women, serving today, the veterans – and they’re being recognized for making a sacrifice, and this man didn’t.’


Patrolman Gary Brenner
Patrolman Gary Brenner

The uniform had his name on it along with “Airborne” patches, according to Officials say the Galloway man also had a police scanner and handcuffs in his possession.

Michael Porter

Authorities say the portable radio was capable of receiving transmissions from several police departments and emergency dispatch centers in the area.

Left patches on Porter

When officer Brenner asked whether Porter had any excuse for what he was doing, he said: “No, no excuse. He feels he was right in what he was doing.”

He told 6abc: “It was the same exact uniform that active military reserve would be wearing. He stated that he bought the uniform from Fort Dix along with all of his badges.”

Porter was arrested and charged with impersonating military personnel/stolen valor. He’s being held at the Atlantic County Jail. A judge set bail at $5,000.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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