The U.S. Marine Corps did not immediately respond to calls from ABC News for comment. A Pentagon source told LGBTQ Nation Friday that Morales had been given an administrative general discharge for failing to show up at required monthly reserve drills.
Knote said he felt "protective" of his online community and was disappointed that Morales was "dishonest," especially pulling a stunt like this "Around the holidays."
Gallop Asian Bistro says they conducted an internal investigation into whether Morales forged the receipt by examining security surveillance footage and their computer records, but that the results were inconclusive.
"Despite news reports to the contrary, this is not a simple, straight-forward matter and we have conducted our own internal investigation," the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page today. "In light of the investigation and recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant. We wish her well in the future."
Knote said while some people posted on Facebook that they had received electronic donations back from Paypal, he had also received complaints from others who had sent their money in the mail or in person that had not received their donations back.