Police: Conman Wears Military-Style Uniform In Scam

Man Arrested In Johnson County Previously Arrested In Similar Scheme

A man who Tennessee authorities said is a well-known conman in that state has been wearing a military-style uniform in scams south of Indianapolis, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

James Schuder, 43, of Indianapolis, was arrested Tuesday on charges of deception, panhandling and false informing.

Johnson County sheriff's Col. Doug Cox said an officer was dispatched to a CVS store near State Road 37 and Fairview Road when a Good Samaritan who felt sorry for the man summoned an officer to help.

Schuder had a gas can as he approached motorists trying to get them to give him money so that he could go home.

Police said Schuder told the officer several stories, including that he was a retired Marine, claiming to be a member of a unit that doesn't exist.

Schuder told the officer that he had been awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor, information that authorities said was also false.

Police said that other motorists reported seeing Schuder, dressed in military-style clothing, at intersections this week, asking for money and free rides.

Lebanon police issued a warning about Schuder in February, calling him a "well-traveled con man," but released him because prosecutors said no charges could be filed.

Authorities said Schuder tries to gain sympathy by telling a hard luck story and uses the uniform for effect.

In 2009, Schuder was arrested in Tennessee in a similar scheme, according to a report in Knoxville-area newspaper.