Pennsylvania man accused of stealing money from American Legion post, faking veteran status 01/26/2020 9:37 pm PST Comments WNEP / Lackawanna County By Brit Purdy, WNEP SCRANTON, Pa. (WNEP) -- A man has been incarcerated for making faulty purchases and stealing money from American Legion Post 568. Christopher Crawford allegedly spent nearly $17,000, took personal trips, and used Uber. He's also charged with faking his status as a veteran. Crawford portrayed himself as a combat veteran claiming he left the service by honorable discharge. According to the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office, Crawford went AWOL after two months and 25 days, while he was still in boot camp. The commander at VFW Post 25 in Scranton said Crawford spent time there for about two years; officials suspect he was lining up similar fraud at that organization. Crawford offered to help run the VFW before he was even a member, offering to handle finances and recruiting. Commander James Kuchwara said he couldn't produce proper paperwork to get into the VFW and eventually he stopped coming around. Crawford is charged with misrepresentation of military service and misrepresentation of a decoration or medal. MORE: Man Accused Of Stealing Money And Faking Veteran Status - WNEP #Fraud #Pennsylvania #Scranton #StolenValor #Theft #WNEP Related Stories Son defending mom shot by dad, who streams live confession Off-duty cop fatally struck by vehicle after good deed LAPD officer charged with fondling body of dead woman Where is Rachel Cooke? Texas woman vanishes over Christmas break Woman shoots 3 Illinois state troopers in bar before turning gun on self Florida man confesses to intentionally running over victim: authorities Cop pleads not guilty to fondling dead woman's breasts Cop charged in 6 a.m. DUI crash that killed off-duty officer Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.