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Con artist William Burley pretends to be Navy SEAL

William Burley, originally from Rhode Island but caught in California, claimed to be a cop and Navy SEAL. He convinced a humanitarian organization working in Somalia to pay him $50,000 to rescue employees who had been taken hostage.

Traffic stop of Yucaipa man leads to exposure of phony SEAL, on SBSun.com.

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  1. fight says:

    1st husband claimed to be a Navy Seal and have a purple heart. He had a scar on his leg he claimed was shrapnel. I was young and naive. I did ask him where his Purple heart was and he said he threw it away because it reminded him of the war. He faked flashbacks watching “Platoon!” Two years after we were married, I finally called wife 1 and asked her. He had worked his butt off to make us hate each other to keep up from talking. What a bunch of losers. It shows that WE are small potatoes when it comes to what they will do.



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  2. Fight – My ex-husband claimed to be Australian Special Forces who served in Vietnam. He claimed to have won the Victoria Cross, which is the Australian equivalent of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He sent me “documentation” of his military service. It was all fake. Australian fraud busters investigated him and proved he was lying about all of it. Their report is pretty funny:

    http://www.anzmi.net/montgomery/montgomery.html



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  3. onmyown says:

    I think military faking must be fairly common among sociopaths. I know it happens enough that these groups have formed all over to expose the frauds.

    The ex-bf also pretended to be a war hero who saw lots of action in the middle east in the 90s. He didn’t get specific because he claimed to be traumatized by death and destruction he personally caused. It was confusing because he also showed pride at being some kind of stone-cold killer. I think now that he didn’t talk specifics because he didn’t know much about what went on during that time period. Truth is that he was actually in the military but he was never deployed. He spent his time on a base in a southern US state.

    The really crazy part is that I caught on to him because he asked me to do a resume’ for a potential job and I saw all of his military paperwork. There were no combat citations, no medals, no indication at all that he had any military occupation but a mechanic. When I questioned him with the documents in my hands he still clung to the “war hero” imagery. I wonder even now if he believes his own lies.



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  4. Onmyown- welcome to Lovefraud. In my research, 10% of survey respondents reported that the sociopath they were involved with falsely claimed to be military, a veteran or Special Forces. So yes, it is rampant.

    About clinging to the war hero story – your ex probably knew he was lying. He just continued to lie in the effort to convince you.



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    • Cassandrasdream says:

      Donna,

      I wonder how many others exaggerated or lied about the nature of their military service, length of time, rank, awards, etc. Some might have never served and claimed they did. But I think many did serve and made up stories about being in combat, etc. My ex-boyfriend was in a reserve unit that basically did laundry and supply stuff. He talked like he was in combat. I respect the fact that he did serve. But I don’t appreciate the exaggerations.



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  5. OpalRose says:

    Here is a website which keeps an extensive data base: http://www.dfas.mil
    Once on that web page – go over to the right to the list of related websites. Click on Military Employment Verification. Then look at the top menu bar and click on Single Record Request. That will take you to a page where you can enter the person’s name, SSN and birthdate. If you know the period they claimed to be in the military – you can add that in the Active Duty Status date. If the person in question is the “real thing,” the record search will come back with a page which lists Active Duty Start Date, Active Duty Status (such as “still serving”) and service component (Navy, Marine Corps, etc). The page also lists other related info.

    The “real thing” cannot stand liars of any kind. Even though it is “right of free speech,” it is still lies for the purpose of fraud. Whew !



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  6. lost everything says:

    My spath also had a fascination with the military. He pretended to be a computer security consultant, a financial news writer, an IT expert, retired, self employed; depending who he was telling.

    But he too had a fascination with the military. While he was in college he would visit the local Army base and see the head of the JAG department frequently; this continued through law school vacations. While in the last semester of law school he became fascinated with the Navy. After he lost, quit, got fired, ‘whatevered’ from his first legal job he evidently went to see a Navy recruiter. I got a call from a Navy office telling me that the spath’s papers were waiting for him to sign. Of course he never did. After losing his second job, he contacted the Air Force and became very involved with a recruiter, to the point of filing out forms and getting calls and letter. You guessed it, he didn’t join the Air Force either.

    I have to wonder if some of the military people saw the ‘red flags’.

    Just my take, but I believe that the spath saw the military as a fantasy world. a world away from the real world. A world in which he would not have to face decisions, very much like the structure of academia.

    Also depending on the way you spin it, the military can sound very glamorous.

    He did however, as I was to find out, tell people from his past he was recruited by the CIA. With his academics and language background, not unbelievable.



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