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Company fined for selling fake Medals of Honor

Medal of Honor

December 4, 1996
Web posted at: 1:45 p.m. EST

(CNN) -- The New York company that holds the government contract to make the nation's highest combat decoration was fined $80,000 Tuesday for selling 300 bootleg Medals of Honor.

H.L.I. Lordship Industries also will give the government $22,500 it received for illegally selling the bogus medals for $75 apiece at memorabilia shows from 1991 to 1994.

The family-owned company also could lose its status as a government contractor. Its only business is making medals and insignia. The Hauppauge, New York, company pleaded guilty before sentencing to a single misdemeanor count of making unauthorized medals.

Ward and Wes McAllister, the two brothers who operated the company and were responsible for the fake medals, have been fired and no longer hold stock in the company

In the 134 years since the Medal of Honor was authorized, 3,401 people have been given the award, most posthumously, for risking their life in combat beyond the call of duty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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