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Newschannel 3 has learned that the President of the group Sons of Malta, Joe Weeks, is being investigated by the FBI for claiming military honors he didn’t earn.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating Weeks for possible embezzlement.
Sons of Malta is a biker group that organized the memorial motorcycle ride for fallen Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata.
Until last month, the group was filled with police officers, firefighters, and veterans, until many abruptly left when the allegations surfaced.
Newschannel 3 has been digging into the case for days, and made some surprising discoveries.
We’ve gotten multiple tips about Weeks wearing fake military badges, and as we looked into that, we also uncovered that he is being investigated by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department for embezzling from his charity.
We found multiple websites dedicated to exposing what’s called Stolen Valor.
They included allegations that Weeks is wearing a fraudulent Silver Star, among other awards, that he didn’t earn. The Silver Star is a parachutist badge and para-rescue badge.
Um, Channel 7 we thank you for the exposure, but a Silver Star is a medal for valor, not a badge.
We’ve obtained the records from the Sons of Malta from this year showing Weeks made multiple trips to Firekeepers Casino, as well as a casino in Ohio.
They also show multiple checks paid by the club that bounced over the last few months.
Weeks tells us there was a power struggle within the Sons of Malta.
He says former members tried to take over, and when they couldn’t, he says they spread false accusations against him.
We reached out to the Attorney General’s office as well- to look into the status of the Sons of Malta and found that there is no record of them ever being a non-profit charity.
Weeks is frequently seen wearing a Silver Star and other badges, but when we looked into his military background we found no awards.
Weeks tells us he can prove those allegations are wrong. But when we asked he was not able to find his military paperwork.