LA Prosecutor Says Politician's Medal Of Honor Claim Bogus

Federal prosecutors have charged a Pomona water board member with falsely claiming he was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor in the U.S. military.

Forty-nine-year-old Xavier Alvarez allegedly made the claim during a July 23rd meeting of the Walnut Valley Water District.

He is one of seven elected members on the Claremont-based Three
Valleys Municipal Water District board.

Alvarez was charged yesterday with misdemeanor falsely claiming
he won the Medal of Honor, which could lead to a year in federal
prison if he's convicted.

Authorities say there are only about 100 living recipients of the medal.

Alvarez never served in the military.

He denies making the Medal of Honor claim, but prosecutors say they have audio tapes of the meeting.

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