Someone dropped off a link on our Facebook page about Paul Alan White who pleaded guilty back in April for impersonating a CIA and an FBI agent, not at the same time. Apparently, he did it to steal some folks’ PII.
White’s coworker at the engineering firm filed a complaint with the FBI in December 2011, alleging that White was impersonating who she believed to be an FBI agent.
She told Houston police and FBI agents that White tried to recruit her in March 2011 to work for the FBI. She said she saw what she thought was FBI identification around his neck and that he showed her a wallet with a badge on it.
He told the coworker he was in “Special Ops” and performed missions for them, court records state.
That same month, he had the coworker fill out a SF-86 security clearance form on a computer. The form included her personal information, including family members’ names, education, employment history, Social Security number, driver’s license number and passport number.
But that wasn’t his first time pretending to be something he’s not. In 2002, he went to jail for forging his DD214 and stealing stuff from folks and the government;
Paul Alan White, 47, of the 2100 block of Tanglewilde, was arrested without incident at his home about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He is in jail charged with impersonating a decorated war hero and forging his military discharge papers to show rank and awards he never earned.
An affidavit filed in the case by HPD Sgt. P.J. Schneider, who is assigned to an FBI-HPD task force, says White has repeatedly worn the uniform of a U.S. Marine Corps Warrant Officer.
White adorned his unearned uniform with the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor as the Navy’s highest award for heroism, the Silver Star, which is awarded for extraordinary heroism in combat, and the Purple Heart, which is awarded for wounds received in combat.
White also wore a Vietnam Service Ribbon, indicating combat duty in that country.
In real life, White served in the Marine Corps from November 1973 to November 1976 and achieved the rank of E-5, Shelby said. He said White was never overseas, and never saw combat during his military service.
During that one, he was out on parole from a 40-year sentence for another theft charge. Stolen Valor is always just a symptom of the disease.