BURNS, Ore. -- The personal bodyguard of armed activist Ammon Bundy and his father Cliven Bundy has lied about service in the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The British newspaper reported that it confirmed from the Marine Corps that Brian Cavalier, 44, never served in any capacity.
Cavalier has openly talked about being in the Marines and serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wears a shemagh scarf often worn by veterans who served in the Middle East.
Confronted at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge about the discrepancy, Cavalier was described by the newspaper as "nervous and the bravado of previous days vanished."
He asked the Daily Mail for its source. When told it was the Marine Corps, he said "That's unfortunate they would say that. It is what it is."
Asked to respond to how activists might react with disappointment about the revelation, he said "Hey, you've got a job to do and I've got a job to do."
The Daily Mail said Cavalier is a tattoo artist from Arizona with several arrests for DUII. He also pled guilty in 2014 to misdemeanor theft of property in Prescott Valley, Arizona.