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UPDATE – Richard Ruffert Doubles Down
UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that the entire kingdom of Saudi Arabia was technically a combat zone. So, I would like to clarify that in terms of being in a country designated a combat zone, Mr. Ruffert is indeed a “combat veteran.” The point of my comment is that it doesn’t appear that he ever actually SAW combat or participated in armed action against or by the enemy. My apologies for not clarifying this little tidbit.
I would liken this to my service in Afghanistan. I’m not an Afghanistan “combat” veteran because I stayed on the FOB my entire deployment. Though we were mortared on a regular basis – some of which were less than 100 meters from my building – I did not see any real combat in Afghanistan.
Here’s what I do know: It appears that Mr. Ruffert lied about being an Iraq veteran, being awarded a Legion of Merit and Bronze Star, graduating Ranger School and being a Master Sergeant. So far, nothing refutes that. Based on this false information, I assume this information was brought before the Veterans Court. His service in Saudi Arabia was likely enough to qualify for the program.
I’m not arguing whether or not Mr. Ruffert served in a combat zone in Saudi Arabia. His records clearly show he did. What they don’t show is a Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Ranger School, Iraq service, or promotion to Master Sergeant.
Now, with that out of the way, I challenge Mr. Ruffert to answer all the other claims I’ve made based off his records. I’ve left messages on his voicemail asking for input. He refuses to give out his lawyer’s contact information.
A couple of weeks ago, I profiled stolen valor tool Richard Howard Ruffert. After making his records public that refute his claims about being a Ranger and retired Master Sergeant, I contacted the Texas State Legislators, specifically Senators Wendy Davis and Troy Fraser. I passed along the information I had in an effort to get them to rescind the commendation they bestowed on this poser.
Yesterday, I found out that Ruffert isn’t giving up easily. Because people are questioning his claims, he is now trying to trash me to take attention off him. He claims to have hired a lawyer who has told me to cease and desist.
No such order has been presented to me.
However, I am more than happy to speak with Ruffert’s attorney and get this into a court of law. After all, he did defraud the Veterans Court as well and needs to answer for that.
Good organizations have been hoodwinked by this guy and he should answer for the crimes he has committed by lying about his military service.
I am running down some additional information about Ruffert that will shed even more light on the lies this guy continues to propagate here in Texas. He picked the wrong state in which to base his lies.
Ruffert can’t be trusted. He’s got a history of selfish indulgences. Trust is like a piece of paper; once it’s crumpled, it can’t be made perfect again. He can try to cover his past crimes of property theft, but when you lie to cover up a misdeed instead of accepting the punishment and learning from it – like crumpling up a piece of paper – it will not longer be smooth again. You can make it as straight as you want, but the creases will always be visible.
I’m not going to divulge the additional leads I’ve gotten recently because I don’t want him to have time to plug his holes. My point in writing this is again get his name out there as a fraud and prove yet another lie he has told about hiring a lawyer and shutting me up. It is not hard to find me. I don’t use an alias. My email address is public on this blog. My comments aren’t moderated. So, he has had numerous opportunities to both defend himself and give me proper notice of ceasing our efforts to expose him.
Rick has two choices: he can come clean and end the charade quickly, or he can continue to try and obfuscate the facts and hope that his personality can overcome the many lies he’s told. When you tell a lie to get financial or physical gain, it’s called fraud. If you would not normally be qualified to participate in a program or service and obtain that participation through lies and manipulation it’s called fraud. It’s against the law. And Rick Ruffert is no stranger to crime.
Now, if Rick wants to refute my claims here or in the other post, he can provide the proof and I will gladly issue a public apology and update. Here is what he needs to provide proof of:
- Bronze Star orders/certificate
- Promotion orders to Master Sergeant
- Clarify his many contradicting statements about whether he served 22 or 24 years
- Deployment orders to Afghanistan or Iraq
- Provide me with contact information for his superior at the VA to verify his employment
- Ranger training certificate, NCOER or other proof that he attended the Ranger School
I await word from him or his lawyer.
In the meantime, I’m also furious at Ranger Rick for lying to and misleading a reputable organization that cares so deeply for our wounded troops. This turdball convinced many people, organizations, and even government officials that he was the real deal. Being a 22-year, retired Sergeant First Class gave him the terminology and smarts to make his deception so much more believable.
Hell, I thought for sure that I was wrong when the NPRC sent me his records. I almost didn’t even pay much attention to them and was going to pass on the tips I got. Fortunately, I remembered reading an article which stated that Ruffert had served in Iraq in 2007, but the first page of his records said he retired in 2004. That little epiphany forced me to look closer. And I’m glad I did.
Because I don’t want the organization he scammed to get any blowback from this waste of carbon, I’m going to contact them and ask if I can profile what they do for the troops. I’ve talked with others who have graduated from their program and successfully going about their lives so I know that they are appreciated, needed, and protected by great Americans. REAL combat veterans. There will always be Rufferts in the world that play on the good will of others for their personal gain. And there will always be people that expose them for the frauds they are.