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How a Special Ops impersonator duped the FBI for a decade

William Hillar fraudulently posed as a US Army Special Forces veteran and terrorism expert for 12 years, winning lucrative contracts and duping, among others, the FBI.

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Court documents identify the institutions he defrauded and list the amounts he allegedly was paid for lectures or workshops.

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They include: University of Oregon, $33,025; Monterey Institute of International Studies, $32,500; Federal Executive Board of Los Angeles, $27,140; Montana Sheriff and Peace Officers Association, $9,500; Utah Valley State College, $8,430; California Firefighters Association, $6,208; State Training and Audi Resource Seminar (STARS) 2007 conference, $4,000; US Army, $3,625; Drug Enforcement Administration, $2,400; FBI Salt Lake City Division, $1,010; and the FBI Chicago Division, $1,000.

In addition to requiring repayment of the fraudulently obtained fees, US District Judge William Quarles ordered Hillar to conduct 500 hours of community service with the Maryland State Veterans Cemetaries.

Hillar’s activities were also scrutinized by members of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, in addition to the FBI.

“The service members that comprise the Department of Defense’s elite special warfare units have undergone years of specialized training and sacrifice to be called special forces,” said Robert Craig, chief of the DCIS’s mid-Atlantic field office. “To misuse their titles for personal gain is unconscionable and discredits those that served, and continue to serve, the United States of America.”

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