CHEROKEE CO. Ga. (WXIA) -- After a six-week investigation, Cherokee County Sheriff's detectives have arrested former officer Shane Ladner, 41, of Canton, for faking his Purple Heart award.
Ladner was among the veterans injured when the float they were riding on in a parade in Midland, Texas last year was struck by a train. Ladner's wife was seriously injured and lost a leg in the same accident.
Ladner has been charged with four counts of theft by deception, one count of false swearing, and one count of false statement to a police officer. The theft by deception charges are from Ladner receiving a Purple Heart license plate in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. When he applied for the license plate in 2009, he was required to swear that he was a Purple Heart recipient, hence the false swearing charge. The false statement charge is from lying to detectives during an interview.
The US Army says they have no record of form that Ladner presented to obtain his Georgia Purple Heart license plate.
Ladner is being held in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $23,100 bond.