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How a Special Ops impersonator duped the FBI for a decade

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One of Hillar’s most outrageous claims was that his own daughter had been kidnapped, forced into sexual slavery, sodomized, and tortured before being hacked to death with machetes and thrown into the sea. Hillar, of Millersville, Md., claimed that his daughter’s brutal murder was the basis of the 2008 movie “Taken.”

In his plea agreement, Hillar admitted that his claims were false, including about his daughter, who officials say is alive and well.

Hillar, 66, served from 1962 to 1970 in the US Coast Guard. He left the service as a radarman, petty officer 3rd class.

Hillar’s scam was uncovered by members of the special forces community. An FBI investigation resulted in Hillar’s arrest in January.

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

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.

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