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New charges filed against alleged conman posing as Army vet

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The charges continue to mount against Michael Bradshaw, an alleged conman accused of pretending to be an injured veteran to milk local establishments for handouts.

Four new Gwinnett County arrest warrants were issued for the 33-year-old this week, charging him with continuing his ruse at two more churches, an engineering firm and a private residence. Documents allege Bradshaw garnered just under $600 in those incidents, most of which were reported after the victims saw news reports of Bradshaw's previous schemes, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

"He's been pretty convincing and most people just thought they were doing a good thing," Smith said Wednesday. "These victims realized they'd been conned after seeing the coverage."

Bradshaw first made headlines last June, when Roswell police arrested him for allegedly using his sob story -- that of a wounded U.S. Army veteran in need of a "loan" -- to scam $350 from leaders of a V.F.W. Post. A manager there grew suspicious after Bradshaw left and ordered his military records, which reportedly showed he had been dishonorably discharged from the Army in 2001, free of injury and without serving abroad.

Duluth's Korean Church of Atlanta, Buckhead's Cathedral of Saint Phillip and the Campus Church of Christ at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross all previously filed complaints against Bradshaw, who was arrested in Gwinnett on Feb. 12 before being released on bond.

Arrest warrants issued Monday mean he'll be going back to jail.

Separate warrants charge Bradshaw with similar crimes at the Gwinnett Baptist Tabernacle Church in Doraville, the St. James Lutheran Church in Norcross, the Norcross engineering firm Hayes James and Associates, and what appeared to be a private residence in Atlanta.

The newly reported schemes netted anywhere from $75 to $200 apiece and began in December, according to police. Gwinnett County Jail records showed Wednesday afternoon that Bradshaw had not yet been arrested on five additional counts of theft by deception.

Bradshaw's address is listed at an extended stay hotel near Interstate 85 in Doraville.

Smith, the police spokesman, said even more charges against him are possible.

"It's certainly a possibility if victims keep coming forward," he said.