The fact that he had weapons in his possession was discovered during the investigation of his phony finery. That’s all I’m asking for – sure it would be nice if he’d been convicted for stolen valor, but more importantly, the crimes that he was also committing were discovered because of his play-acting. If prosecutors everywhere could take a lesson away from this case, I’d like that lesson to be that valor thieves are almost always guilty of something else. Investigations of stolen valor will undoubtedly turn up something else that would get a criminal off of the street.
Emphasis mine. Stolen Valor doesn’t happen in a vacuum. These so-called people are always working an angle. Many are scammers of one sort or another, trading on the general goodwill most grant to veterans to lull their victims into a false sense of security.