A man has pleaded guilty to charges that he posed as a down-on-his-luck soldier to scam hundreds of dollars from seven good Samaritans in central Indiana.

The Johnson County prosecutor's office says 43-year-old James Schuder (SHOO'-der) pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of deception and panhandling.

A judge on Thursday sentenced him to 180 days in jail, and he was released from jail based on time served since his arrest in August. Deputy Prosecutor Joe Villanueva said Schuder agreed to pay $388 in restitution.

Sheriff's deputies say Schuder wore Army combat fatigues when he approached people in the county just south of Indianapolis seeking money for travel expenses. Authorities said there was no record he ever served in the military.

A message seeking comment was left for Schuder's public defender.

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