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San Diego man pleads guilty to being phony Marine

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) - A 69-year-old Southern California man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for posing as a decorated Marine major general.

David Weber entered the plea Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of making false claims about military decorations or medals. Weber, who has prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease, is expected to be sentenced to a year of probation.

Authorities say Weber had been a Marine staff sergeant but claimed to be a retired major general last November at a Veterans of Foreign Wars party in Ramona.

Prosecutors say he wore a full dress uniform with five Legion of Merit medals, two Purple Hearts and a Distinguished Service Cross.

Weber, posing as the highest-ranking officer, got the first piece of cake at the party, which honored the birthday of the corps.

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