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A Maryland man was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $171,000 in restitution after admitting that he had fraudulently posed for 12 years as a US Army special forces veteran and terrorism expert.

William Hillar used false claims about his background and academic credentials to win teaching and training contracts from 1998 to 2010.

Mr. Hillar claimed to be a retired US Army colonel who served in the special forces from 1962 to 1990. His website said he’d been stationed in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America.

The website listed his specialized skills as “tactical counter-terrorism, explosive ordnance, emergency medicine, and psychological warfare.” Hillar also advertised that he had earned a PhD from the University of Oregon.

Read the rest of Warren Richey article from the Christian Science Monitor via MSNBC.

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