– his up-and-coming defense company that he called Global Resources and Logistics. The company went on to win a contract from a group affiliated with the United Nations that was valued at an alleged half-billion dollars.
- A.J. Dicken made massive claims about his completely fictitious military background, saying he was a Navy SEAL and ex-CIA
- Was actually a Nevada-based bartender with a criminal record
- Launched a military-style training camp and later a security company that won a contract from a group associated with the U.N.
- After his employees began asking questions, he went into hiding
PUBLISHED: 19:14 EST, 3 January 2014 | UPDATED: 19:25 EST, 3 January 2014
A man claiming to be one of the most decorated Navy SEALs in military history has been rooted out as a fraud after swindling investors for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A.J. Dicken went all the way while weaving fictitious connections to the elite army force, claiming that he was the one who fired the kill shot during the Osama bin Laden raid.
The al Qaeda leader wasn’t the only international warlord that he brought down either, he said, as he also told confidantes and would-be employees that he was responsible for killing Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
‘He wouldn’t tell these outrageous stories just right off the bat,’ Carol Roberts told ABC’s 20/20 about Dicken.
She met him at a military-style training camp that he launched in Carson City, Nevada where she met him.
‘He would drop little bits of things that are plausible. And he would tailor that plausibility story to each person, knowing what they knew,’ she said.
In fact, Dicken had no military history and was a 57-year-old former bartender with a criminal record.
His ruse was not just intended to win him some enamored fans but also some serious cash.
After launching his training camp, he got the backing of two doctors who were happy to invest in his up-and-coming defense company that he called Global Resources and Logistics. The company went on to win a contract from a group affiliated with the United Nations that was valued at an alleged half-billion dollars.
That meant a big take-home profit for all involved, including the two doctors who invested $850,000 in the company to get it up and running.
Dicken asked Ms Roberts to work with him and she agreed to help launch the company and go on their first contracted mission to Burundi after seeing his falsified documents.
He had discharge papers- that he printed off the internet- as well as two fraudulent Medals of Honor and a fake email of praise from Col. Oliver North, the former United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel best known for his connection to the Iran Contra scandal.
She only began to suspect that something was awry when they arrived in Burundi. On their second night, the power in the hotel went out and Dicken unlike that of an experienced military commander.
‘He freaked out, picked up his phone… runs into the other room talking to the CIA to have them reposition his satellite so he can make sure that the rebels aren’t coming to get him. He says, “alpha, bravo, niner, niner, six, two, the fishing is good in Catalina,”‘ she told 20/20.
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