Phony soldier grifter in Missouri

| February 12, 2013

Someone on Facebook sent us this link to the story about Matt Buckingham or Tyler Matthews, or something who says he’s in Homeland Security, or the Marines or the Coast Guard or something. According to Chris Nagus of KMOV, none of those services have ever heard of him;

Whether it’s Tyler or Matt, his phone number is plastered on a Craigslist ad, asking women to apply to raise money for the troops at bars and restaurants.The ad promises up to $200 a night, so one of our producers responded.

He introduced himself as Tyler and went on to tell our producer about his past. Buckingham AKA Tyler said “I’m not supposed to get any attention because of my job … right now I work for homeland security … I’ve been to Afghanistan twice … Marines picked me up when I was 17 … I’m officially in the coast guard.”

It was one incredible story after another, too bad none of it’s true.

We checked with the U.S. Army, Marines, Homeland Security and the Coast Guard and they have not heard of Matt Buckingham.

But it’s part of his recruiting pitch; it’s not the first time News 4 has dealt with a member of the Buckingham family.

His father promised to give portions of the money he made in his yard-work business to the troops, but none of that money ever made it. His father also says in the video that he wouldn’t do business with his son. That family love is overwhelming.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. A Proud Infidel says:

    Lowlife. I have 20X more respect for a “cow patty” in a pasture than I do for that dirtball!

  2. NR Pax says:

    A cow patty can fertilize grass so it’s arguably useful.

  3. NHSparky says:

    Looks like the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree. Atta boy–father and son dirtbags.

  4. Mike says:

    There’s something wrong with that guy. He sounds like a psychopath.

  5. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:


    1. Double hoodie jackets.
    2. Old and faded jeans.
    3. That bone shaking, “I’m goin’ to sue you man” threat.
    4. US Army tee-shirt.
    5. USMC, sniper, two Afghanistan deployments, Homeland Security, USCG to selling raffle tickets career path.

    This guy is LEGIT … LOOK IT UP!

  6. A_Proud_Infidel says:

    NR Pax, you’re flat-out right, cow patties are actually useful, and not as smelly as dirtbags like that joker!

  7. kp32 says:

    ‘Marines picked me up when I was 17…’

    And the SEALs didn’t pull him out of boot camp to go straight to Afghanistan because of the awesomeness the Marine Corps recognized?

  8. Green Thumb says:


  9. FatCircles0311 says:

    Today I learned the Marines Corps kidnaps 17 year olds that fake enlistment in the Coast Guard.

  10. Just Plain Jason says:

    I will be sending this out to some friends in the St. Louis area…

  11. ComancheDoc says:

    I really hope i run across this POS, i live in the 70/170 area, would make for a great weekend.

  12. USMCE8Ret says:

    Sounds like some bullshit a gypsy would pull.

  13. The Chief says:

    Well, he has money to pay for lawyers and sue people. He sold enough raffle tickets to do this.

  14. Hack Stone says:

    Read the fine print. He is selling Ruffle tickets, not raffle tickets. The winner gets a bag of potato chips.