A Marine who thought he was helping out another Marine veteran fell victim to a “Stolen Valor” con-man over the weekend.
Kurt Harris, a ten year Marine Corps veteran, met a personal trainer -whom he believed was a fellow Marine vet- at his local Salt Lake City, Utah gym.
John Michael Manning had Harris and another personal trainer at the gym convinced he was one of their fellow Marine brothers, so when Manning was in need of help, Harris offered.
Manning told Harris he got into an altercation with a roommate and needed a place to stay for a few nights.
Not long after Manning was staying with Harris, he ran off with Harris’ car, two computers, military uniform, military photographs, ribbon, certificates, and medals, according to Cache Valley Daily.
Harris says the police told him that Manning never served in the military and has no military records.
Manning is believed to still be in the Salt Lake City area because of witnesses stating he has connected with them via an online dating site.
Harris’ stolen car is a 2008 black Dodge Charger with Marine Corps license plates.
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