He's being called a fraud by his family, even his own wife. Former military man Richard David McClanahan is charged with lying about receiving military honors and falsifying bank documents.
Falsely representing himself and falsifying documents, that's what could land McClanahan in prison for a long time.
Today we spoke with both his lawyer and his wife to find out what they have to say about the ex-Army and Navy soldier.
"I was under the false impression that he was a war hero and sane and a healthy man, and I've come to find out that isn't the case," says Robin McClanahan.
McClanahan's wife of 7 months came to court today to support the prosecution.
"I think he's guilty," says Robin McClanahan.
McClanahan says he's not, and entered a not guilty plea in court.
"He's stressed out right now and doesn't have family that he's in close contact with, right now he doesn't have tremendous immediate family support," says Brooks Barfield, David McClanahan's lawyer.
"I feel relieved that the lies are being exposed and that justice will be served... Hopefully the trial will bring forth evidence to show who he really is as a person," says Robin.
One thing everyone can agree on is this is a tough time for a case like this to come to trial.
"The climate right now is a 'support the troops' atmosphere, I'd hope if we go to trial that doesn't have any effect on what a juror might do," says Barfield.
"My father was in the Air Force, he was taken by David's story and to find out it was false tears him and a lot of members of the military up," says Robin.