Joseph Fucheck of Miami, Florida was recently caught on video waving his gun at a Black homeowner.
He also shouted racist rhetoric and slurs.
During his rant, Fucheck claimed to be a former Navy SEAL and recipient of the Purple Heart.
HERE'S VIDEO: ‘People like you getting shot.’ Miami man arrested after pointing gun at Black homeowner, racist tira… https://t.co/zThSyz0Ysx— David Ovalle (@David Ovalle)1593547904.0
Police arrest @CENTURY21 agent accused of threatening Black man at gunpoint outside home – https://t.co/9c4DMP0wx9— 𝕍𝕚𝕣𝕘𝕠𝕁𝕠𝕙𝕟𝕟𝕪 (@𝕍𝕚𝕣𝕘𝕠𝕁𝕠𝕙𝕟𝕟𝕪)1593636084.0
Investigations following his arrest have revealed both of these claims regarding military service were false.
South Florida Man Accused Of Racist Rant youtu.be
According to The Miami Herald:
"Fucheck, 58, has been masquerading as a Navy SEAL for years, adding another twist in the strange story that made headlines across the country."
"The Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, which maintains paperwork for all SEALs since World War II, has no record of him."
"A real retired Navy SEAL, who tried confronting Fucheck a few years ago, called the man's bogus dress uniform a 'total and complete mess.'"
Joseph Fucheck, accused of a hate crime in Miami, posed as a Navy SEAL for nearly a decades, even though he never s… https://t.co/uJgwUke7zM— David Ovalle (@David Ovalle)1594064803.0
Fucheck's own daughter told the Herald:
"He's a narcissist. He just has to be the center of attention."
This afternoon @MiamiDadePD & @fdlepio charged 58-yr-old Joseph Max Fucheck w/Aggravated Assault w/a Firearm w/Prej… https://t.co/UArkVxle4h— Kathy Rundle (@Kathy Rundle)1593547833.0
Fucheck's daughter claims her father began this lie years ago.
He created many forged documents to back the lie up.
"Even Fucheck’s own daughter says he never served in the military. She said Fucheck adopted the persona nearly a de… https://t.co/BkDm5umfD8— Gina Harkins (@Gina Harkins)1594059019.0
The act of lying about military service—especially by people who have never served in the military in any capacity—is commonly referred to as "stolen valor."
Under the Stolen Valor Act, profiting off of false claims of military accolades is a federal crime.
Now, Fucheck faces up to 15 years in prison for what may end up being classified as a hate crime.
"According to one domestic-violence petition, Fucheck’s showed “psychotic behavior and repeated aggression” over ne… https://t.co/Xylf8zVimf— PoliticalSis ⚛♻️🌊🔬 #WearAMask 😷 (@PoliticalSis ⚛♻️🌊🔬 #WearAMask 😷)1593547960.0
58-year-old Joseph Max Fucheck, and his racism, earned himself felony charges under a hate crime law after he pulle… https://t.co/UnQD22DMjx— theGrio.com (@theGrio.com)1593628201.0
Fucheck has criminal convictions for grand theft, exploiting the elderly, obstruction of justice, stalking and tw… https://t.co/rmtWl2Xuhm— Island Girl 🌊🏝🌺🌼🌻 (@Island Girl 🌊🏝🌺🌼🌻)1593640184.0
With the entire incident filmed for the world to see, there seems little doubt Fucheck will face consequences for his actions.