Phony Special Forces Colonel Takes Guilty Plea....

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  1. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Did I (we) ever mention that I (we) hate got damn posers!! :mad:

    Sooner or later....

    Phony SF Colonel Takes Guilty Plea

    "A Maryland man who passed himself off to university employers as a former Green Beret and expert in international sex-trafficking and counterterrorism pleaded guilty March 30 to wire fraud.
    William G. Hillar, 66, admitted in a plea deal worked out with federal prosecutors in Baltimore that an email he sent to the University of Oregon to apply for work included fraudulent information about his military background and experience.

    Hillar could get up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced on July 20, the FBI said in a statement. Under the terms of the plea agreement he will pay restitution of $171,415 and perform at least 500 hours of community service at the Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries. Hillar was arrested at his Maryland home on Jan. 25. The Justice Department says that the former Coast Guard enlisted man pretended for about 12 years to be a retired Army colonel with a Special Forces background. Part of his faux biography included a claim that his daughter was kidnapped by human traffickers in Asia and that he spent six months in a futile effort to rescue her. Hillar's story reportedly was the basis of a 2008 movie, "Taken," starring Liam Neeson.
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    The amount of restitution equals the money that he earned from the teaching jobs and speaking engagements he made based on his fraudulent bio. According to the Justice Department, one of the earliest victims of Hillar's fraud was the FBI's Salt Lake City, Utah, division, which paid him just over $1,000 to speak in April 1998. He also took the bureau's Chicago division for about $1,000 in 2002, and between 2000 and 2010 earned $17,369 from the FBI Command College.

    Hillar also earned money lecturing and conducting workshops for the Army; the Drug Enforcement Agency; the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs; the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System and various other state and federal agencies. But his biggest takes were from the University of Oregon, where he earned $33,000 to teach his courses on international crime from 2002 to 2010, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. MIIS paid him a total of $32,500 from 2005 to 2010.
    At Monterey, students who were veterans began questioning Hillar's credibility, according to Jeff "J.D." Hinton, a retired Special Forces master sergeant who began looking into Hillar's background well over a year ago. Hinton had pulled together information from his own Special Forces connections and through Freedom of Information Act requests showing Hillar to be a fraud. He began publicizing the holes in Hillar's resume his website, ProfessionalSoldiers.com, last October.
    Army Special Forces and the other elite units of the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force constitute a small world within the military. People pretending to be a Green Beret, SEAL, Marine Recon or Air Force Special Operations Airman cannot sustain the fraud very long once someone begins asking questions, Hinton said.

    "I'm happy with the outcome" of the case against Hillar, Hinton said. "I'm very impressed how quickly the FBI worked this case. I hope this serves as an example to all those that would employ stolen valor to deceive the public. We are watching and we will eventually find and expose you."

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    Justice has been served. It kind of has a sweet taste...with a hint of sour. :cool:
     
  2. NGIB

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    Jack, when will these azzhats learn that you ain't gonna fool a Senior NCO - ever! Huge props to MSG Hinton (Ret) for busting this turd...
     

  3. Car54

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    Taking care of cemeteries is too good for this dirtbag. I think a year of cleaning the heads at several military bases would be more appropriate. He wants to spout off crap, he can darn well clean it up.
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    That is just low-down, IMO, and i'm FAR from the most moral person i've known.
     
  5. Catfish

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    The guy is real glad that the FBI caught him so fast?????????? And he`s been running this scam since 1998?????????
     
  6. CA357

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    The guy's a scumsucking, bottomfeeding POS.
     
  7. dog2000tj

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    This guy is a POS but i am glad he got caught. I don't think 500hrs is enough punishment though, he should have gotten 2500hrs and forced to do that time at a VA hospital.
     
  8. dunerunner

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    He should have gotten a lifetime of punishment for stealing the honor and respect of those who died doing what he pretended to have done himself!

    There is only one punisment for this type of behavior.............SEAR! For the rest of his life!
     
  9. IGETEVEN

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    Definitely needs more viewing attention. :cool:
     
  10. dog2000tj

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    See now Jack you've done gone and derailed this thread with that pic. :eek: What was the topic again? :rolleyes:


    :D
     
  11. deathkricket

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    Wow, i wonder what he was thinking drawing so much attention to himself for so long knowing he was full of fertilizer, he should have relized you cant go on a nation wide stage when you are full of crap, i agree he is a turd plain and simple, pin his story to his chest and drop him off at a SF compound on a local base, thats a good enough punishment.
     
  12. Dillinger

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    Maybe he's friends with DOCTOR Tom Burnett, our own newest Elite Operator. :rolleyes:

    Seriously this guy is a true piece of shi*ite. I agree with dog, 500 hours is not enough and he should have to serve his "community service" doing things for living, breathing veterans where he actually has to interact with people.

    I get the whole symbolism of cleaning and maintaining the Tombs of the Fallen. Poetic. But hardly the justice that is deserved here because the dead, while I am sure they are watching, don't get to mimic and ridicule him as he rightfully deserves.

    SEAR for the rest of his life is a great idea as well. Let's start with Kosovo in winter as "refresher" course and move him steadily South - see how all that "training" he has been "teaching" works out for him. :rolleyes:

    JD
     
  13. NitroxAZ

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    I have not served and would never think to perpetrate that I had done so in any way shape or form. This type of scum should be dealt with in a far different way IMHO.
     
  14. pandamonium

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    What JD said, X10000
     
  15. c3shooter

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    While it would be tempting to make him the permanent latrine orderly at the Special Forces Warfare Center, the real folks would not want him under foot, and would consider him beneath their contempt.

    Special Ops in ANY branch- or for that matter, in any nation- is a very small family. Sort of like having a total stranger show up at a family reunion. Sooner or later, the lack of knowledge of the members of the family will catch up to him.
     
  16. oldcoptn46

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    There are really no adequate words to describe this idot. What is really scary is that he gave lectures at FBI training sessions. Don't they do even a small amount of background work on the people they hire to teach. Good Lord, my office does a better background inverstigation into someone applying to be a jailer.:eek:
     
  17. gruntpain1775

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    I love it when a poser gets busted. It gives me a warm, tingly feeling. Much like a good buzz from a good whiskey.
     
  18. Snakedriver

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    They should send the POS to Ft. Bragg for a year or so to clean latrines for the real soldiers he sought to steal the valor from. :mad: I imagine they would love to have a little one on one time with him to discuss the errors in his ways. :cool:
     
  19. ViNoM

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    something I can't stand? those who pretend to be something they're not. And posing as a military hero, well that's is just plain sad, not to mention stupid.

    My humble appreciation for those who really have this distinction.
     
  20. doctherock

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    There was a guy around here telling everone he was a Navy Seal. A real SEAL found out and sought the guy out and actually made the guy piss his pants. I dont think he will pretend anymore.