Tim Poe fraud: America’s Got Talent contestant lied about his past, Minnesota National Guard saysBy Angel Cuala on Jun 7, 2012 in Entertainment, Music, Television, United States •
Updated: June 9, 2012 3:30 p.m.
Tim Poe, or Sgt. Timothy Michael Poe, the America’s Got Talent contestant who sang ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ during the audition in Austin last Monday June 4, reportedly lied about his past, as claimed by Minnesota National Guard.
Tim Poe, during his audition at America’s Got Talent
Image Credit: NBC video
According to Military.com on Tuesday, Minnesota National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Olson said that Tim Poe is a fraud and his claim that he suffered an injury in Afghanistan back in 2009 is not true; which was also reported in other news sites including Examiner and New York Post.
“Sgt. Poe‘s official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports. The Minnesota National Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat.” Olson was quoted telling to Military.com.
Olson added that the state Guard record shows that Poe served from Dec. 3, 2002 to May 26, 2011, as a supply specialist, and his other deployment was in Kosovo, where he served from Oct. 10, 2007, to July 15, 2008.
As featured at NBC‘s Monday broadcast of America’s Got Talent, Tim Poe touched the hearts of millions when he told the three judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne that he served the US military for 14 years but his career ended in 2009 due to the incident.
“I spent 14 years in the military, but my career was ended in 2009. I got hit by a grenade in Afghanistan. It broke my back and gave me a brain injury. That is the reason I stutter a little bit.” Poe said in the stuttering voice, but wowed the crowd and received a standing ovation from the judges after his performance.
As of this writing, Tim Poe, who sang Garth Brooks‘ “If Tomorrow Never Comes” with a normal voice while playing the guitar and received three nods, has not yet released any official statement on the allegations against him.
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