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The Curious Case of William James Clark

William James Clark was caught impersonating a Green Beret at a gun show in Alaska in 2010. Real veterans can spot a fake easier than those with no military experience realize. That story reached the FBI and Clark was arrested for a string of check fraud crimes. Clark eventually pled guilty to scamming over $66,000 from 224 people. But there’s a lot more to the story of William James Clark.

At a glance, Clark’s crime spree seems a couple notches above petty but not much different from the other 750,000 or so cases of check fraud that occur every year in the United States. But even though a dime-a-dozen crime is what did him in, Clark’s road to the Last Frontier is anything but ordinary.

Clark has a penchant for living a fake life. One time he assumed control of the scene of a bridge collapse disaster that had every imaginable type of real government boots on the ground. Another time he nearly caused a made-for-TV international crisis when he told the Russian Embassy he was working with the U.S. military to assassinate then-president Vladimir Putin.

AlaskaDispatch tells of Clark’s bizarre adventures that fueled speculation that he was a spy, a victim of government brainwashing, mentally ill, or possibly just an imaginative con man. Link -via Dark Roasted Blend

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January 16th, 2012

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