Florida man lied about military service to solicit money, deputies say

Kyle Christopher Barwan arrested in Polk County


BARTOW, Fla. – A 27-year-old Florida man is accused of soliciting funds and misrepresenting military service, officials said.

Polk County sheriff's officials said in a news release that Kyle Christopher Barwan, of Lakeland, was arrested Wednesday and remains jailed.

Investigators said they received a tip in December from someone who read a blog about Barwan impersonating military officers. During the investigation, officials learned Barwan has been arrested in Kentucky and Illinois on similar charges.

The arrest report said Barwan befriended a woman online and told her lies about his military services while soliciting money from her "to benefit one of his fellow soldiers who was injured in the war."

Sheriff Grady Judd said lying about being in the military to steal money from someone "is not only egregious, it's against the law."

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