Man poses as Wounded Warrior Project rep, takes donations

LAKE CITY, Fla. -- A man stood in front of a Walmart in Lake City Wednesday and collected donations for the Wounded Warrior Project in exchange for t-shirts, but he was a fraud, according to police.

An Army recruiter from the Lake City area told police the man standing in front of the Walmart on Highway 90 collecting money was not affiliated with the non-profit.

That man was Joshua Jordan Lab, 22.

When questioned, Lab told police he was part of the 88m stationed in Des Monies Iowa and was collecting for Wounded Warriors while on leave. When asked for his military I.D., Lab said he left it in his car. He also said he couldn't call WWP because the number was on his cell phone that was out of batteries. The officer called a Master Sergeant at Fort Des Moines in an attempt to verify Lab's active status and found that he was not enlisted.

Lab was placed under arrest for larceny and fraud by impersonation.

Lab had collected $283.94 and received a donation from Walmart for $50.


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