Cavanaugh’s scheme began to unravel when the military charity HunterSeven announced it had been unable to find any records of her military service, according to Task & Purpose. A retired Marine officer also noticed that Cavanaugh had claimed to be both a staff sergeant and corporal at the time of her discharge in different accounts. The fraudster plead guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, forged military discharge certificate, and fraudulent use of military medals charges in August.
Sarah Jane Cavanaugh was serving as commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Rhode Island when her lies were exposed https://t.co/HnIAoJbAda— Task & Purpose (@TaskandPurpose) March 15, 2023
A Boston-area FBI agent pointed to Cavanaugh’s scheme as disgraceful exploitation of military valor and benefits. “Sarah Cavanagh feigned having cancer, and falsely claimed valor where there was none, to gain hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits and charitable donations,” Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta said. “Make no mistake, the FBI and our law enforcement partners are committed to seeking justice for anyone who lies about serving our country and illegally takes money from federal programs that help veterans who rightfully deserve it.” In addition to her prison sentence, a federal judge ordered Cavanaugh to repay $284,796.82 in restitution to victims of her fraud. The Stolen Valor Act of 2013 criminalizes falsely claiming military service to obtain money, property, or any other tangible benefit. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Never understood stolen valor types like Sarah Jane Cavanaugh, or for that matter Rachel Dolezal or Lia Thomas—people so desperate or shallow they spend their entire lives pretending to be something else for attention and benefits. https://t.co/2stgxpdGJX— Mark J. Kilbane (@KilbaneWins) March 15, 2023