People question whether panhandler is really a veteran | KOB 4

People question whether panhandler is really a veteran

Ryan Laughlin
November 13, 2018 10:38 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A panhandler is accused of pretending to be a veteran so he can get cash.


Loretta Sanchez became concerned after she offered the man food, instead of money.

"So, I offered him some snacks. He, in turn, pulled out his wallet, flashed me $200, put it back in his pocket -- and so it just infuriated me," she said.

Sanchez said she was so upset by the man’s actions, she snapped a picture of him and posted it on Facebook.

That picture led to other internet sleuths looking into the man.

“I asked him, ‘Have you personally served in the United States military?’ and he said, “My family has. And I said, ‘Well, good for your family, but, have you personally served?’ and he was silent,” said a man who did not want to be identified because he is an active member of the military.

A crew from KOB 4 found the man panhandling on the West Side. He appeared to be holding a signed.

When the crew asked to speak with him, he packed up and tried to leave.

The crew asked if they could see his sign, but the man, who said his name is Harold, refused.

While the crew confronted the man, another person was preparing to confront him as well.

He posted a video of the KOB 4 crew asking the man questions and the man flipping them off.

"It's infuriating knowing that this man is pulling the wool over people's eyes, playing on people's good heart,” said Sanchez.

Another person posted a picture of the man after KOB 4 confronted him. The picture showed the man's sign, which said "Hungry Vet."


Ryan Laughlin

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