Our buddy, Dan Noyes, out in San Francisco’s ABC channel 7 reports on a fake SEAL, AJ Dicken, who he busted recently. Dicken claimed to have 35 years in special naval warfare operations, but it turns out that the Navy, nor any other branch of service can verify even a day of military service;
“My wife and I met AJ, we were at a sports bar in Lake Tahoe; he was a bartender,” Harry Vested said.
Unlike most real Navy SEALs the I-Team’s Dan Noyes has met, Vested says Dicken was quick to talk about his exploits and that he wore his credentials openly.
“He had on his, I’ll just call it his Navy SEAL hat, with a trident on the brim and a little identification button on the side with a rank,” Vested said.
Vested is a television producer who thought Dicken’s experience could make a good documentary.
Dicken closed the deal with a DD-214 — discharge papers saying he served 35 years in naval special warfare, 291 classified central intelligence operations, Vietnam, Panama, Iraq, awarded the bronze Star, Silver Star, Navy Cross, two Purple Hearts, six counter-terrorist service medals, and nine presidential citations.
I guess when Dicken claimed that he was the SEAL who shot bin Laden, Vested started getting over his infatuation with Dicken. But not before Dicken took him for $50,000. Noyes also finds other investors in Dicken’s venture to the tune of almost a $million. But stolen valor is a victimless crime.