Recently a man named David Chenicek contacted myself and many others on Facebook looking for donations of gun parts to build an M4 for a wounded Veteran. In his messages, David claimed to be a former Marine “GySgt. David Chenicek.”
I keep spare parts around for exactly this kind of situation so I responded, offered him what I could, and then forwarded his request to Henderson Defense Industries who also gave him some parts. He went to Battlefield: Vegas to pick them up but while he was there, an employee recognized him as a man who had been caught switching a Magpul UBR stock into the box of a cheaper stock at New Frontier Armory. When confronted about this, David coughed up the cash for the price difference and the store let it go with that.
Once he was recognized for his previous crime, people started calling his credibility into question. Dave Chenicek continued his string of lies and even went so far as to make claims about having his “brothers brains splattered on him” and went on to tell about specific things he had done during his military career.
From all the heat this was causing, David was asked to return the parts. I met up with him yesterday when he returned some but definitely not all of them. We sat in a local coffee shop for about an hour and during that time he maintained his innocence and continued to build on his story line.
This morning he made a post on HDI’s Facebook page confessing that he was a fraud.
Regretfully, I have exactly ZERO Military background. However, I know many who do and I can only imagine how pissed off they must be when people pull this kind of crap. No matter what country you are from, those who serve in their respective armed forces deserve more respect than to have somebody like this come along and pretend to be something they are not.
This story has been reported to Stolen Valor as well as This Ain’t Hell and I’ve passed these screen caps and photos along to them. I would also ask that each of you share this link with your Military family and friends to bring more awareness to what this man has done. He used me, he used my contacts, and he used the reputation of millions of legitimate active Military and Veterans. This sort of abuse should not and can not go ignored. Since his confession specifically states: “You can do whatever you feel you need to me, just leave my family out of it” that’s exactly what I intend to do. I hope you will join me in outing this fraud and setting an example to discourage others from following in his footsteps.
UPDATE DECEMBER 5th, 2012:
Freedom of Information Act File Number: USMC-HQ 2013F110064: