14 News Investigation: Stolen Valor?
Posted by Jess Powers, Reporter
November 18th 2016
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE)
For six months, 14 News has been investigating a claim of stolen valor involving an Evansville business owner.
That's after several people contacted us, asking us to look into the matter.
Investigative reporter Jess Powers spent months acquiring documents and sifting through the information to get answers for you.
All of those documents are public records. Documents that help tell a tale, some may not want you to hear.
Veterans earn the right to wear the uniform. They have the right to display their earned patriotism.
When people falsify military claims or embellish their records, it's taken very seriously.
14 News received an email on May 20th titled "Stolen Valor".
The email claimed an Evansville business owner was portraying himself as a military veteran, but did not serve in the military.
The claims surround Richard Reisz, a man who previously identified himself to 14 News as the owner of the former Ground Zero Fitness.
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