A New Jersey man who received a free deck through NADRA’s Deck For a Soldier program is under arrest following allegations that he lied about his military service record. Robert Guidi of Mine Hill, N.J., claimed he had been a captain in the U.S. Army, a Green Beret sniper, and a prisoner of war in Viet Nam when he applied to the program to replace a deck lost during Superstorm Sandy. But investigators say that Guidi was discharged from the military as a PFC and never was a POW. According to Bruce Verblaauw, the contractor who provided the labor to build the deck with more than $30,000 worth of materials donated by local suppliers, Guidi didn’t provide any corroborating documentation with his application, only stories about his service record. Charged with theft by deception and with violating the New Jersey Stolen Valor act, Guidi has been jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Story Update 3/20/2017: According to the New Jersey Daily Record, Guidi pleaded guilty to the charge of theft by deception and violating the state's Stolen Valor Act. A sentence hearing for the 67-year-old Guidi is scheduled for May 19, where prosecutors are expected to ask for a three-year jail term. In addition to possible jail time, Guidi was ordered to pay $31,919 in restitution and a $1,000 fine for violating the Stolen Valor Act.