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Toys For Tots Volunteer Accused Of Impersonating A Marine

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(Photo credit: Waltham Police)

(Photo credit: Waltham Police)

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BOSTON (CBS) – A man posing as a decorated Marine was arrested Saturday night for dressing up in the uniform to volunteer with Toys For Tots.

David Lebrun was wearing a Marines uniform with several medals, including the Purple Heart, when he was pulled over Saturday for driving with a suspended license.

After a background check, police found that Lebrun was a private in the Marines and is affiliated with “Toys for Tots.” Lebrun, though, was dishonorably discharged from the Marines in the 1990’s for going AWOL, and should not have been wearing his uniform with the medals.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports

Lebrun was arrested for possessing and wearing a military uniform without authorization.

Prosecutors say he didn’t cause anyone harm or use the uniform to steal from anyone or coerce anyone.

His mother says she hopes he stays in jail and serves his time to learn his lesson. She does say his deception comes from a place of pride.

The Lowell father of two is now being held on $500 cash bail, but he’s wanted in Concord District Court on a separate outstanding warrant.

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