Mr. McQuown has in fact defrauded a legitimate nonprofit organization of a donation of $250.00 by requesting a refund from PayPal within 2 hours of making said donation. Raven’s Outreach did speak to the local media in Baton Rouge, LA and an official statement was released by Raven’s Outreach. A link to the public statement is provided for your convenience. CONTACT INFO. NAME : LEONARD DALE " MAC " MCQUOWN PHONE NUMBER CELL : 352-210-6836 HOME OF RESIDENCE : OCALA FLA EMAIL ADDRESS : MAC@BALDMANWALKING.COM OR OPERATIONWALKAMERICA@GMAIL.COM FACEBOOK PAGE : WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MACMCQUOWNWALKING YOU TUBE VIDEOS : ONCE ON YOU TUBE SEARCH " MACBALDMANWALKING "
Several months ago I was approached by a group of veterans who investigate and expose stolen valor. If you aren’t aware of what stolen valor is – to define it simply is – it is an individual who embellishes his military career or military accomplishments. For the past few years, this group has been trying to put a stop to a walk across America being done under the guise of assisting homeless veterans. Well, actually the mission of the walk has apparently changed over the course of the last 3 years to accommodate and stave off the “haters”. Haters is what McQuown and his “event coordinators” label anyone who speaks out against his alleged fraudulent activity. Generally the “haters” ends up being those kind folks who donated money to Mr. McQuown and later found out that they were duped and that not one dime of any donation received by him has been appropriated to any veterans issues; nor has one dime been financially accounted for when donors have demanded proof of where the funds have gone or were spent.
This post is going to be lengthy so please bear with me but it is important to see all of the evidence and how the puzzle fits together with all of the evidence that is out there. Mr. McQuown is a con-artist and his job is to defraud good people out of their money.
McQuown is a discharged US Marine. He has claimed to have been given a bad conduct discharge and an other than honorable discharge for being absent without leave for over 200 days. Most Marines will tell you that this length of time is considered desertion, but McQuown was never charged with desertion. General consensus is that he was such a shit bird that the Marine Corps just got rid of him on an other than honorable discharge — which is still REALLY bad. McQuown makes a big deal about how or why he wasn’t charged with desertion and that because he wasn’t charged he’s not a “deserter” Tomato, tomato. It’s semantics at this point, and even though he claims that he took his ID card with him and had planned on going back the bottom line is that he left his post unauthorized for over 200 days. He bailed on his duties as a Marine and never looked back until he was forced to deal with it.
In 2011 McQuown allegedly founded a charitable organization called Operation Walk America. The term allegedly is used because by all indication, he is using the “organization” as a ruse to solicit funds and convert them to personal use when no legally registered 501(c)(3) organization exists. At some point, a gentleman ponied up $80,000 as either a donation or investment for the charity, and today he stands with empty pockets and the cold hard realization that he won’t see that 80 grand again.
McQuown uses his Facebook page to deceive his followers into believing that he is actively walking in order to keep his supporters engaged and unaware of his deceptive actions. He is known to contact police departments, fire departments, local places of worship and media ahead of arrival in towns for photo ops and donations as this allows him to appear more legitimate. News media in Baton Rouge have recently produced news segments revealing him as a fraud.
Mr. McQuown has previously claimed that he was a Sergeant in the USMC, however a FOIA request of his prior military service disclosed that he was given a Bad Conduct Discharge and was demoted to the rank of Private First Class (it appears that he was dismissed from the USMC and reduced in rank due to being a deserter – over 200 days of unauthorized absence). Mr. McQuown was also convicted of check fraud in several states, as well as the crime of shoplifting. He now uses his “walk” as a means of defrauding the public at large and lining his own pockets all the while proclaiming his walk is to benefit homeless veterans.
Link to DD214 and FOIA Information re discharge:
In addition, Mr. McQuown launched Operation Walk America (OWA) more than three years ago. This organization purports to be a private nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide financial assistance to charities that focus on providing benefits to veterans, however there is no registered 501(c)(3) and McQuowan has actually been the subject of an Attorney’s General consumer alert levied against him by the State of Virginia due to his questionable activities. OWA, and, therefore, Mr. McQuown, promotes its cause by attempting to walk to every state capitol in the country, a total of approximately 15,000 miles. To date, Operation Walk America has never held a press conference to disclose the recipient of donated funds nor has it released a single statement regarding the beneficiaries of collected monies.
Mr. McQuown has in fact defrauded a legitimate nonprofit organization of a donation of $250.00 by requesting a refund from PayPal within 2 hours of making said donation. Raven’s Outreach did speak to the local media in Baton Rouge, LA and an official statement was released by Raven’s Outreach. A link to the public statement is provided for your convenience.
Link to public statement from Raven’s Outreach:
McQuown also used the photograph of a paraplegic woman from California that he found on the web from 2005 for the purpose of defrauding yet another veteran’s/soldier’s program. He used the photograph to claim that the woman had been injured while in a Humvee that was hit with an RPG when in fact she was injured in a car accident. McQuown did not know this woman, but used her image in a wheelchair to garner sympathy, and ultimately the donation of an iPad from Soldier’s Angels which was for his personal use. McQuown’s former girlfriend/event coordinator Lynn Grenier-Roberge admitted to The Fake Warrior Project that he had scammed Soldier’s Angels using the photograph of the woman in the wheelchair claiming that she was an injured soldier.
Based on information and belief, Mr. McQuown has embezzled donated funds and converted them to his personal use. He has used the funds for hotel rooms while never publicly revealing where the funds have been attributed during his “walk”. At the very least, McQuown has commingled the funds, which would also be a breach of his fiduciary duty.
Mac McQuown is disgracing not only himself, but also the US Marine Corps and the thousands of men and women in uniform who proudly serve our great nation. He is also using the plight of homeless veterans as a means to solicit donations from kind and giving citizens.
His facebook pages:
At one point, McQuown claimed that he was a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization – however, the State of Virginia deemed that this claim was false, and in an effort to protect the citizens of their state from fraudulent activity also issued a public bulletin regarding McQuown and his activities. Currently McQuown stresses that he is not a nonprofit, and that it is his solemn word and vow to provide documentation to those who ask for it. Guess how that’s coming along? NOT.
31 May ‘ 21:54
IT IS VERY EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT ” OPERATION WALK AMERICA ” IS NOT A 501 C ( 3 ) NONPROFIT FOUNDATION/ORGANIZATION. PER OUR CURRENT OPERATION PROCEDURE ANY AND ALL MONIES THAT IS GIVEN TO ” OPERATION WALK AMERICA ” ( UNSOLICITED ) AS WE WALK FROM ONE CAPITAL TO THE NEXT WILL BE KEPT AND HELD UNTIL WE REACH THE NEXT FOLLOWING CAPITAL. ONCE WE ARRIVE AT THE NEXT CAPITAL WE WILL CONTACT AN ALREADY ESTABLISH VETERAN 501 C ( 3 ) NONPROFIT FOUNDATION/ORGANIZATION AND DONATE THOSE FUNDS TO THEM.
Repeated requests have been made to McQuown to PROVE that he is not lining his own pockets with donations received on his walk for “homeless veterans” and he either ignores the requests or claims that he doesn’t keep good records. Recently, McQuown defrauded a legitimate homeless veterans outreach — Raven’s Outreach out of a $250.00 donation. He made it using PayPal and within 2 hours contacted PayPal to rescind the donation. This was confirmed via Michelle Scott at Raven’s Outreach and a local news station also interviewed the director regarding his fraud.
“I can’t ask for donations, I’m not a 501-C3, I can’t say, ‘M’am will you give me twenty dollars,’ but if someone walks up to me and says, ‘Sir, I want to feed you, here’s ten dollars or here’s twenty dollars for your cause,’ just like a week and a half ago, we gathered $250, I didn’t ask for the donations, it was over a three week period, and that money went to Raven’s Outreach program here in Baton Rouge,” said McQuown, while defending himself.
But News 2 contacted Raven’s Outreach to ask if McQuown in fact made a donation. The organization, which houses homeless vets, said McQuown did initiate a pay-pal donation, but requested a refund just hours later. (Source WBRZ: Walking veteran called a fraud)
Mac claims to have walked over 3,000 miles in THREE YEARS. So many other legitimate walkers have traveled far greater distances in less time. It is so obvious what McQuown is doing while standing on the backs of homeless veterans as his marketing platform. It is despicable! There is enough evidence out there to prove that he is conducting himself in a very questionable manner and the only way that he is going to stop is for people to start calling him out and contacting local law enforcement and your state attorney general’s offices. He is currently in Texas. His plans were to be in Austin on June 16 but that looks like it might not happen as it is rumored he’s making his exit plan to get out of Dodge.
McQuown traveled 167 miles from February 21, 2014 to May 6, 2014. He arrived in the Pineville, LA area on February 21, 2014 and in the 74 days of this time period he actually traveled 54 hours of approximately 10,536 hours. He deceived his supporters into believing that he was actively traveling when in actuality he had gotten a police auxiliary and others to pay for a motel room for a week. He even posted photographs during his motel stay to make it appear as though he were walking.
This entry was posted from the Facebook page regarding McQuown’s fraud but in its totality speaks volumes as to McQuown’s character:
Leonard Dale McQuown’s 3 month walk across Louisiana .
Veteran Hospital’s visited ; 0
VFW’s And American Legion’s visited : 0
Veteran Homless Shelter visited : 0
TV Reality Star’s & Locations visited : 2
Sight Seeing tours : At least 2
Holiday Parade’s attended : 1
Donations he made to homeless Veterans and Shelters ..Two $ 10.00. bills handed to two homeless men who told him they were Veterans. A $ 250.00 donation to Raven’s Outreach which he asked for a refund.
Approx amount of days spent in his tent :20
Approx amount of days spent in Motel rooms paid for by someone else. :60
Approx. amount of days staying in someone else’s home : 10
Approx amount of money spent to house and feed McQuown for the 90 days he was in LA, $ 4000.00
Donations made to alleged Homeless Veterans in LA ; $ 20.00
Now will someone please tell me how this is benefiting anyone other than L. Dale McQuown ? ….~ Scotty
McQuown’s “mission statement” from his website states:
THE SOLE MISSION OF “OPERATION WALK AMERICA” IS TO WALK TO THE CAPITAL STEPS OF ALL 50 STATES, A DISTANCE OF WELL OVER 15,000 MILES. SO AS TO RAISE AN AWARENESS OF THE ISSUES SURROUNDING THE HOMELESS VETERANS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IN ANY GIVEN YEAR THAT IS OVER 100,000 VETERANS MEN, WOMEN AND YES EVEN THEIR CHILDREN. TO SHOW MY DEDICATION TO THE HOMELESS VETERAN POPULATION I WILL SLEEP OUTDOORS FOR THE REST OF MY EPIC JOURNEY. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS PROMISE IS IF I AM IN AN AREA I.E. CITY, TOWN OR CAPITAL CITY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW CAMPING OR IF THE WEATHER IS SO SEVER SUCH AS A TORNADO , HURRICANE ETC THAT WOULD ENDANGER MY OVER ALL SAFETY. PLEASE NOTE THAT THOUGH THE MAIN SCOPE OF ” OPERATION WALK AMERICA ” IS TO RAISE AWARENESS TO THE HOMELESS VETERAN POPULATION WE WILL ALSO CONDUCT MISSIONS TO REMEMBER AND/OR COMMEMORATE THOSE THAT HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE AND WERE DEPLOYED TO HEAVEN. SUCH AS ” OPERATION T.R.O.O.P.S. ” ( TOGETHER REMEMBERING OUR OUTSTANDING PATRIOTIC SERVICE MEMBERS ) AND IN ADDITION I WILL DO MY VERY BEST TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. SUCH AS PROVIDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FOOD, WATER, SHELTER , MEDICAL , EDUCATIONAL AND EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE.
These are questions that those who question his intent are asking and IF McQuown were trying to run an operation under a veil of transparency, wouldn’t he want to provide answers to those who donated to him?
- How is his walk raising awareness to the issues surrounding homeless veterans when at NO TIME has he EVER been seen handing out literature regarding homeless veterans, nor has he posted photographs of any volunteer work at veterans’ outreaches, hospitals, etc. He did, however, defraud an outreach.
- WHEN and WHERE has he “conduct[ed] missions to remember and/or commemorate those that have paid the ultimate price and were deployed to heaven” during his “walk”?
- WHEN and WHERE has he provided “food, water, shelter, medical, educational and employment assistance”?
- WHY will he not provide accurate and up to date documentation of financial reports or receipts for donations received, monies spent, etc if he claims to be a legitimate operation?
- How much money has he raised to date, and where are the receipts and records for same?
Answer these questions, Leonard…otherwise you look like a fraud.