Jacksonville > Phony Military Claims lead to Arrest

| April 2, 2015

Downtown_Jacksonville,_Florida

JACKSONVILLE — A 65-year-old Elkton man was arrested Wednesday in an investigation about whether he was falsely presenting himself as a retired admiral with the U.S. Navy, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Lloyd Keith Mitchell of Las Floras Court was charged with perjury and obtaining a driver’s license with fraudulent information. The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation started in March after an anonymous tip.

Investigators found a military discharge form was submitted in January to obtain a “veteran” status on a driver’s licence that also listed Mitchell as receiving a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Silver Star with clusters and the Vietnam Medal of Honor. He’s also been a featured spoken at a Veterans Day ceremony, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives contacted authorities at Mayport Naval Station who explained Mitchell had not served in the Navy or any other branch of the military, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Florida Times Union

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