August 11, 2016
After a two month investigation, Orleans County Sheriff's deputies said Skellen tricked the VFW Post in the Village of Holley into believing he was a vet, even rising to the position of post commander at one point.Holley, N.Y. – An Orleans County man accused of posing as a Vietnam War veteran and reaping some financial benefits is facing felony charges.
Earl Skellen, 69, is charged with first degree scheme to defraud and fourth degree grand larceny.
The executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center is outraged by Skellen’s alleged actions.
"It’s an insult to the guys and gals who are currently serving overseas and everybody's who's given a little time of their life to our country," Executive Director Todd Baxter said.
Investigators found Skellen never served in Vietnam or any branch of the armed forces.
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