Army sergeant major lied about combat experience, authorities say
A Riverside County man and active duty sergeant major in the Army was indicted Wednesday on suspicion of lying about his combat experience and receiving medals including a Bronze Star.
A federal grand jury said in a seven-count indictment that William John Roy submitted false military documentation to the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2007 while applying for disability, medical and educational benefits, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
The 57-year-old Roy is accused of claiming he served as a combat medic in Vietnam in a special forces unit in 1974 and that he was twice injured in combat.
Roy claimed he was awarded two Purple Hearts, as well as the Bronze Star for valor. An investigation concluded that Ray was actually in Germany at the time, according to federal authorities.
As a result of his application, authorities said, Roy received more than $27,000 in disability benefits and more than $30,000 in educational benefits for his daughter.
Roy is expected to be arraigned next month in federal court.
— Robert J. Lopez