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Port St. Lucie Police arrest man who never served in the Military and passed himself off as a war hero
After a three week long investigation, Port St Lucie Police arrested 46 year old Edward Louis Liroff (1900 block of SW Michelangelo Avenue, Port St. Lucie) On April, 3, 2018, for uttering forged instrument, unlawful use of uniforms, medals, insignia to gain benefits, and fraudulently obtaining a Florida Driver's License after he tried to secure a job with the City of PSL using a fraudulent DD214 form.
The investigation began on March 8, 2018, when the City of Port St. Lucie Assistant Director of Neighborhood Services received an application for employment for a code compliance officer from Liroff. During the application process, Liroff produced a DD214 stating that he served in the US Military from 1988 - 2004. Listed on the DD214 presented by Liroff it has listed that he is the recipient of:
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Silver Star Medal
- Legion of Merit Medal
- Bronze Star Medal
- Purple Heart Medal (Second Award)
- Air Medal for Valor
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Achievement Medal
- Good Conduct Medal
- Nation Defense Medal
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
- Kosovo Campaign Medal
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal
- Iraq Campaign Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Armed Forces Service Medal and Award for Operations Relating Former Rep. Yugoslavia
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Several Service Ribbon
- Combat Infantryman's Badge (Second Award)
- Combat Medical Badge
- Air Assault Badge
Not being familiar with the DD214 form, the Assistant Director reviewing the application contacted Officer Joseph Byrne, a Military Veteran, to review the document. Officer Byrne noted several irregularities on the DD214 and began his investigation into Liroff's alleged US Military Service.
Upon completion of his investigation, Officer Joseph Byrne concluded that Liroff never served in the US Military. Officer Byrne also discovered that Liroff has been receiving treatment from the Veteran's Administration, fraudulently obtained a Florida Driver's License with Veteran's classification, fraudulently obtained a Florida's Purple Heart vehicle registration, and presented a fake DD214 claiming Veteran's preference to obtain a paid City position .
Officer presented his finding to the State Attorney's Office and secured a warrant for Liroff's arrest. Liroff was arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail for booking.