Millersville man admits he lied about military experience

Also pleads guilty to wire fraud

March 29, 2011|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

A 66-year-old Millersville man pleaded guilty to wire fraud Tuesday and admitted to lying about his military experience and academic credentials to obtain teaching and training jobs from 1998 to 2010, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

William G. Hillar claimed to be a retired U.S. Army Special forces colonel who served in countries all over the world learning techniques for "tactical counter-terrorism, explosive ordnance, emergency medicine and psychological warfare." But the only military experience he actually had was from serving as an enlisted sailor in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, from 1962 to 1970, according to federal prosecutors.

"William G. Hillar lived a lie and based his teaching career on military experience he did not have and credentials that he did not earn," Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

Hillar faces up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for July 20 in Baltimore's U.S. District Court. He's already agreed to pay restitution of $171,415, and perform at least 500 hours of community service at the Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries.

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