Talk about a punishment that fits the crime: a pair of Montana men who lied about serving in military to get their cases to a state veterans court ended up getting an extra lesson in respect for the U.S. armed forces.

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It starts with four letters, maybe even just three.

When Don and Diane Shipley find out someone claims to be a Navy SEAL or POW, they won't just take their word for it. And when it comes to liars, they take no prisoners.

The couple has made it their mission to track down and expose "phonies" — their word for people who falsely claim to be Navy SEALs and/or former prisoners of war.

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Bob Pollock became known as perhaps one of the most dedicated people around Crofton, Maryland committed to honoring those who serve the nation. It only made sense, as the creator of the Two Rivers community monument told neighbors and friends he was a former Navy SEAL and had been a prisoner of war.

Except he wasn't.

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(DoD photo)

A Flathead District Court, Montana jury on Tuesday awarded $1.7 million in damages to Donald W. Kaltschmidt Jr. after finding Laron D. Shannon of Kalispell liable for fraud and negligent misrepresentation in a case involving an oilfield services company in which Kaltschmidt was a silent investor.

Kaltschmidt, who served in the United States Marine Corps, sued Shannon, Elizabeth Shannon and Oilfield Warriors, LLC, in 2014, alleging Laron Shannon had misrepresented himself as an active U.S. Marine when he "never actively served in the United States Marine Corps or in any other military service branch," according to the lawsuit complaint.

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Keith M. Wilkes in a 2013 mugshot

A Pennsylvania man allegedly lied to Northumberland County officials about serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in order to be eligible for veterans treatment court, according to District Attorney Tony Matulewicz.

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Joseph E. Gorzoch (The Bucks County Department of Corrections)

Prosecutors say a Bensalem, Pennsylvania man "spun a web of lies" in falsely claiming to be a U.S. Navy veteran injured by an explosion while serving in Afghanistan, in order to receive a lesser jail sentence for two DUI offenses.

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