WARREN - As dozens of military veterans looked on, a municipal judge this morning sent the case of a former Marine recruiter accused of falsifying records to get free Purple Heart license plates to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court
Keith Chandler, 33, of Bushnell-Campbell Road, Kinsman, is facing two felony counts of tampering with records.
His case was bound over by Warren Municipal Court Judge Terry F. Ivanchak during a preliminary hearing this morning.
The Marine, who reportedly served in Iraq, lost his status as a recruiter and was issued a bad conduct discharge from the military after he was convicted in February of 2006 of assault - a felony - and placed on one year probation by former Judge John M. Stuard. He had other previous arrests for domestic violence.
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles investigated the latest case against Chandler, filing the two third-degree felonies for his applying and getting the special license plates designated for wounded war veterans.
Besides free license plates in Ohio, those who earned the medal in combat also are entitled to other benefits including discounts or scholarships from certain schools of higher education.