Shane Ladner arrested, charged with lying about Purple Heart
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By Joshua Sharpe

jsharpe@mdjonline.com

A former Holly Springs police officer whose wife lost her leg in a parade honoring veterans in November was arrested Wednesday and is accused of lying about his military record, police said.

Shane Ladner, 40, of Canton, was arrested Wednesday and charged with six charges relating to falsely claiming that he had been awarded a Purple Heart while in the military to get free licenses plates, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Baker said detectives conducted a six-week investigation which concluded that “Ladner was not a Purple Heart recipient as he has claimed for several years.”

Ladner took free Purple Heart license plates in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, Baker said. This led to four charges of theft by deception, according to Baker. Ladner is also charged with false swearing and making a false statement.

Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison said Wednesday that the charges against Ladner are “very serious.”

“It’s a felony to make these false statements,” Garrison said. “It’s punishable by more than a year in prison.”

But Ladner’s attorney, John Cook, said in a statement Wednesday that his firm is confident that they can fight the charges against him.

“All along, our investigation has shown that, in fact, Shane did receive a Purple Heart for injuries received in service to his country,” Cook said. “When all of the information finally comes to light, plenty of people will owe Shane an apology.”

Ladner and his wife, Meg Ladner, were thrust into the public eye in November when they were involved in an accident during a parade honoring wounded veterans in Texas.

The Ladners were riding on a float in the parade when a Union Pacific train collided with the float.

Four people were killed in the crash and 16 injured, including Meg Ladner, who lost her leg.

She recovered for several months at Atlanta Medical Center, and multiple fundraisers were put on to help with her medical bills.

Ladner has also been accused of lying about his Purple Heart to be invited to take part in the parade and get the free white-tail deer hunt that went along with it.

After the accident, Ladner was still employed with the Holly Springs Police Department, but was let go April 5 after both his paid and unpaid leave ran out, and the department couldn’t reach him.

Holly Springs Police Chief Ken Ball said Ladner’s status as a Purple Heart recipient was not part of his being hired by the department.

Ball declined to comment further other than saying the situation is “sad.”

Garrison echoed this sentiment.

“It’s a very sad set of circumstances and series of events surrounding this case,” Garrison said.

Ladner was in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center with a $23,100 bond, Baker said.
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ladners scammers
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June 15, 2013
How much money exactly was raised to go to his wife that he pocketed. They should both pay back every penny
Beretverde
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June 13, 2013
This guy stole from the taxpayers AND veterans! I'm glad Cherokee County did the right thing while prosecuting one of their own (police officer), unlike Cobb County, who did nothing to Public Safety Director Mickey Lloyd (forgery/DD214, violation of oath of office etc.).
Beretverde
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June 13, 2013
This guy stole from the taxpayers AND veterans and is simply a grifter by using fraud for personal gain. I applaud Cherokee County for doing the right thing...unlike Cobb County who allowed Public Safety Director Mickey Lloyd off of the hook (another forged DD214). Stolen Valor is NOT a victimless crime. Many are buried at Arlington Cemetery earning the same medal that Ladner so cavalierly claimed.
East Cobber
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June 13, 2013
For what it's worth, I received a Bronze Star in Viet Nam that was not recorded on my DD-214. I do however have the medal and the orders awarding it.

Now, if this person did lie, through the book at him.
BadBlue
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June 13, 2013
Ladner's posing has really deep reaching consequences. Anyone he's ever arrested or convictions gained on his testimony can all be grounds for new trials, as he has proven since even prior to his law enforcement career, he is a compulsive liar and thief who lies to cheat on paying ad valorem taxes.

His lies got him a free trip which ironically led to him being present at a freak accident that cost his own wife her limbs.

Shane, you're a lying sleaze bag who deserves to be in prison. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You have no idea the damage you have done.
my precious
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June 13, 2013
Similarly to the fellow thrown under the prison recently for alledgedly having used some words on a phone call about the court house, if They (with a captial T) don't care for what you said, you are going to prison.

We need to do away with such "precious" objects that boastful stories about them are felonies.

What's next, fishermen put in jail for stories about the one that got away? Or will it be Tim Lee for saying T or E SPLOST revenue won't go to pay for such and such thing it shouldn't be paying for?

Ridiculous!

We have to stop imprisoning people for words. This is far more dangerous that any terrorist, but the terrorist love it. They provoked it and now they're laughing at us (in Farsi, of course, so it sounds evil to English speakers because that's what the action movies tell us evil sounds like)

tired of it
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June 13, 2013
to "my precious" he didnt just use words he received 4 year of paying no taxes for his tag claiming to have a purple heart. He can talk all he wants but if his talking allows him not to pay taxes he should of, that is a crime.
dubbel std
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June 14, 2013
So he allegedly lied to avoid paying taxes?

Specialty car tag fees are fees, not taxes. He still would have paid his ad valorem taxes, so he allegedly lied to avoid paying fees.

Gosh nobody has ever done that except those darn Illegals, right?

Now of course we have a bigger problem. Who else might have lied, and who allowed the DMV to be lied to by lying liars? Whoever it was at the DMV who gave away free specialty tags based only on a person's word, that person must be rooted out and put into prison for the rest of their natural lives, and then buried in a prison yard when they die!
Gringo Bandito
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June 12, 2013
$23,000 bond for lying to get a free tag? Sounds like someone in Cherokee County has their panties in a bunch.
tired of it
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June 12, 2013
Hey "another comment" what is your ex's last name? Just want to make sure no one else believes his lies. and Im with you if I was the wife of this guy and I lost my leg due to his lies(if she didnt know that is) I would hope she would divorce his sorry @@@@@ too.
Another comment
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June 12, 2013
I hope that his wife divorces his sorry lying but. I married one of these sorry lying fake veterans too. I wish that someone would arrest him too. He claimed to be a Ranger, he had a picture in Ranger School, but he never made it as a Ranger. Then he claimed to be a Green Beret and have a purple heart. It was all a big fat lie. They can buy dog tags, berets and all at the Army Surplus Stores. He could never produce for me a DD214 that showed he was higher than an E-3 and had served longer than 22 months. His best friends wife told me that his best friend believed the con too. Well I divorced this lying fool. He still tries to tell people he was a Ranger, he has a Ranger bumper sticker on his car.
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