Hunt For Heroes Veteran Accused Of Lying About War Record 6/12/13
CBS 7 News
(CANTON, Ga.) - According to the Associated Press, authorities say an ex-police officer from Georgia who was injured in a train accident during a veterans parade in Texas lied about receiving a Purple Heart medal and has been arrested.
Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Wednesday that Shane Ladner was never awarded a Purple Heart and is charged with four counts of theft by deception, false swearing and giving a false statement to police.
Ladner and his wife, Meg, were among those injured in a mid-November train crash.
His wife lost a leg in the accident.
Baker says the Army has no record of a document Ladner claimed he presented in 2004 to obtain a Purple Heart Georgia license plate.
Ladner was in the Cherokee County jail on $23,000 bond.
His attorney, Kevin Glasheen said in a statement that he represents Shane Ladner regarding injuries he received in the train crash.
Glasheen says Ladner is a decorated veteran, saying he was wounded and received a Purple Heart during his service in Central America.
Glasheen says instructed to say he was wounded in during Operation Just Cause in Panama rather than when and where the events actually happened because of the sensitive drug interdiction nature.
Terry Johnson with Show of Support told CBS 7 that he spoke with Ladner and his attorney and both say it's a paperwork issue.
Glasheen says it is a malicious effort by a Journalist in Atlanta to get ratings by reaching a premature conclusion.
Ladner remains jailed on a $23,000 Bond.