Veteran accused of lying about military record, veterans organization suspended

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – The state’s military order of the Purple Heart has suspended its Farmington chapter after allegations an officer lied about his military record. According to the Farmington Daily Times, David Shrum supposedly claimed to have been awarded several medal but military records show Shrum didn’t earn anything.

The order also says Shrum used his position to get thousands of dollars in community funds to build a trout pond on his property.

The FBI will not say if they’re investigating.

Shrum continues to deny the allegations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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