A former Marine from Arlington who falsely claimed he was injured in combat in Iraq to receive veteran benefits, including a free house, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison Friday.

Brandon Blackstone, 35, pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud and fraudulent representation about the receipt of a military decoration for financial gain, according to court records.

“Falsely claiming military honors is disgraceful by itself,” U.S. Attorney John Parker said in a statement after U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Lynn sentenced Blackstone in Dallas. “But to do so for financial gain is particularly despicable.” More

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