War creates a lot of heroes, including plenty of fake ones.
A former Lake Tahoe bartender was so good at telling tall tales of military exploits he was able to score a $300 million security contract with the nation of Burundi.
ABC News reporter Dan Noyes in San Francisco brings us the exciting tales of 56-year-old A.J. Dicken, a former Lake Tahoe bartender who made a fortune off lies.
According to the article, Dicken was paid $50,000 by a documentary film maker for his fake life story.
To seal the deal, Dicken provided falsified documents (DD Form 214 discharge papers) saying he served 35 years as a Navy SEAL, participated in 291 classified CIA operations, and was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star, Navy Cross, two Purple Hearts, six counter-terrorist service medals, and nine presidential citations.
The documentary was to be called “A Soldier’s Story: The most highly decorated Navy SEAL in the history of the Navy SEALs.”
It’s a story all right. Dicken never served in any branch of the military, said Noyes.
The filmmaker knew he had been duped by the time Dicken told him he was the man who shot Osama bin Laden.
Noyes says Dicken’s tales of heroism got him free use of a Carson City, Nevada, airport hangar where he taught self-defense classes. The airport commissioner thanked Dicken for his years of service as a U.S. Navy Seal at a public hearing in May.
He made self-defense videos and trained wealthy hunters on how to use high-powered weapons. Two of the hunters invested almost $1 million in Dicken’s company — Global Security and Logistics.
That company signed a $300 million contract to provide security in the African nation of Burundi.
The lies became fully unraveled when the board of Global Security and Logistics noticed Dicken was trying to move company assets offshore to an account only he could access. Dicken was fired and company officers found receipts for fake military medals and documents.
When confronted by TV cameras, Dicken denied he ever told anyone he was a Navy SEAL.
Dicken is not a war hero, but he is a felon, said Noyes.
Since hours of “instructional” video exist with Dicken shooting guns he is not legally allowed to possess, the feds are now looking into his past a little more thoroughly.
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