BATH TWP., Ohio - The auto dealership that has employed Chris Heben as a spokesman says it will pause the advertising campaign that features the Navy SEAL.
That’s according to a statement released by Montrose Auto Group.
Heben has been charged with "falsification and obstructing official business" by Bath Township police after they say he lied about being shot by three black men in West Market Plaza outside of the Mustard Seed grocery store.
The news release did not mention whether Heben is still employed with the dealership.
Montrose intends to continue featuring military veterans in their future advertisements.
The full statement reads as follows:
“We are surprised and deeply concerned about the accusations against Christopher Heben. It would be inappropriate to comment on the case until a court of law hears both sides and issues a decision. The last thing we would want is to say or do anything that would jeopardize anyone's right to a fair hearing.
“Our company plans an internal review of this matter. When our review is completed, a new phase of the advertising campaign will begin. That campaign has been in a scheduled pause that began before authorities pressed charges.
“Rest assured that our policy of featuring military veterans in our community outreach will continue. We owe them this opportunity as our way of saying thanks for meritorious service.”