ONLY ON KNWA: Veteran Couple Receive New Car Following Campaign Trail of Deception

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Thanks to a campaign trail of lies and deception, a Northwest Arkansas couple is left without a car.

2020 Presidential Candidate, Joshua Gaters, who’s now wanted by Benton County police, wrote multiple hot checks for charity.

One of those checks was for the purchase of a new car for Carl and Marie Veteto, a military veteran and his wife.

After a week with the car, the dealership made the difficult call that Gaters’ $19,000 check bounced.

The Veteto’s had to give the car back.

When a Rogers woman saw KNWA’s exclusive story a few weeks ago — http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/only-on-knwa-military-veteran-and-former-running-mate-expose-gaters-fraud/742821287 — she wanted to make sure this story had a happy ending.

“I was so amazed. It was so awesome,” said Marie Veteto.

Marie Veteto and her husband now have a new car, no deception involved.

“We had no idea what was going on,” Carl Veteto told KNWA’s Haley Hughey. 

The Rogers woman, who wants to remain anonymous, donated the car out of the kindness of her heart. She has a real passion for helping veterans.

“It makes me feel a lot better about people, it really does,” says Marie Veteto. “You sometimes maybe expect people to help you out a little bit here and there, but something this major is incredible.” 

Her husband couldn’t agree more.

“It makes me feel good to live in this community, because it’s nice to know I’m in a community where people actually care about each other.” 

The Veteto’s say the kindness that was shown on Monday will help them forget about what Gaters did to their family.

Hopefully, one day, they can pay it forward. 

“It’s a blessing from God. This lady is incredible that she would do this for us. I really just don’t have words for it.” 

KNWA reached out to Benton County police on Monday, and they tell us they have spoken with Gaters on the phone. But his fraudulent check writing warrant is still valid, and he has not returned to Bentonville.

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