VIRGINIA BEACH — A former Marine who lied about his military service to get assistance from a local charity was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in jail, according to a spokeswoman for the commonwealth's attorney.
Brent Joseph Henry also was ordered to pay $2,878 in restitution, which is part of what he received in services and donations from Wags for Warriors of Virginia, based in the Beach. Henry pleaded guilty in September to obtaining money by false pretenses, according to online court records.
Wags for Warriors of Virginia assists local veterans who suffer from physical and psychological injuries as a result of military service, often by providing them with service dogs.
The charity arranged to train a dog that Henry owned to be a service animal, spending $2,420 on it, according to a stipulation of facts entered in the case. It also paid $458 for veterinary services, the stipulation said.
Henry told a member of the charity that he deployed to Iraq seven or eight times, was injured in a military helicopter crash and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He repeatedly asked for help with medical bills and received $818 for that, the document said.
The charity representative became suspicious when Henry failed to provide documentation of his service, despite repeated requests for it. When the charity obtained a copy of his record, it showed that Henry received a bad conduct discharge from the Marine Corps in 1998, the stipulation said. He was never in combat, received no commendations or medals, was not a K-9 handler and was not involved in a helicopter crash, which were all claims that he had made, the stipulation said.