A few months ago I did a blog piece on Leonard Dale “Mac” McQuown, a man from Florida who had been walking across the United States claiming that his good deed was being done for the benefit of homeless veterans. In 2011 McQuown allegedly founded a charitable organization called Operation Walk America. McQuown used the “organization” as a ruse to solicit funds and convert them to personal use when no legally registered 501(c)(3) organization existed. During the course of his “walk” and not so charitable fundraiser he defrauded many, including being at the center of romance scams along the way.
McQuown has no boundaries where his fraud is concerned. If using the plight of homeless veterans is not bad enough, he has also played on the sympathies of individuals who he deceived into believing were donating an Apple iPad to a wounded veteran who was in a wheelchair and paraplegic. As it would turn out, the photograph that he used in which he claimed was that of a paraplegic woman from California, was actually one that he found on the web from 2005. He used the picture for the purpose of defrauding a wounded veterans program. McQuown claimed 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.
McQuown has walked a little over 3,000 miles in THREE YEARS. Many others have tripled his pace who were actually doing legitimate walks and actually donated the proceeds of their walk to veterans organizations…unlike McQuown who has never provided an accounting of where his donations have gone. McQuown decided a few months ago to hang up his boots but it has been learned recently that he plans on returning to his walk. He is gearing up by taking requests to run around his neighborhood.
This post being put up as a caution to those out there who might be tempted to fall for his line of garbage. McQuown has not donated a dime to benefit homeless veterans. His “walk” is nothing more than a rouse to fill his pockets with your hard earned money.