MINE HILL, NJ – Township resident Robert Guidi, who was charged last month with fabricating much of his military record in order to get a new deck on his house, was slapped Tuesday with additional charges, said police.
In the new charges, Guidi, 66, is accused by Wharton Police with filing applications - with the Military Order of Purple Heart and with Wounded Warriors in Action - that contained false information in order to receive benefits, police said.
Wharton Police Lt. David Young said Guidi lied to the veterans’ groups in order to receive from them certifications needed to obtain Military Order of the Purple Heart license plates from the state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).
In addition to the charges filed against him last month, Guidi is now accused of falsifying an MVC application, impersonation/theft of identity and tampering with public records or information.
Guidi remains in the Morris County jail in lieu of bail.
He was arrested last month by Wharton Police (which provide police services for Mine Hill) after an investigation revealed he was not, as he’d claimed, a Vietnam War prisoner of war, never served as a captain and didn’t receive two purple hearts, said Young.
The lieutenant said Guidi’s phony claims helped him secure a new deck for his house through a “Deck for a Soldier” program offered by the North American Deck and Railing Association.