Ian Reynolds; walting in the UK

| August 17, 2017 | 12 Comments

The UK’s Sun tells the story of Ian Reynolds who was scamming women on Match.com. He pocketed £31,825 (about $41,000) until they found him on a stolen valor website. He had told them that he was a special forces soldier about to deploy to Iraq, but he had a sick father and he needed to buy his military “kit” before he deployed.

The 42-year-old was only rumbled when one of his trusting lovers spotted him on a website exposing fake war heroes and the other saw a family photo of him on Facebook.

Reynolds has now been caged for four years and six months after admitting two counts of fraud from 2014 to 2016.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how the crook told his victims, who he met on Match.com, he had been in the Army for 22 years and was injured in Afghanistan by an exploding landmine.

But Reynolds, who had a baby with his wife while in both relationships, had actually suffered a facial injury in a drunken motorbike crash.

So Ian gets four-and-a-half years in the slammer. Good for him.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Graybeard says:

    We need to tell his victims about the power of hot grits to the gonads.

  2. Hondo says:

    We need to emulate the Brits on this score. Putting a number of scamming stolen valor types in jail for a few months just might convince a slew of others not to chance it.

    Worth a try IMO. How about it, US Attorneys?

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      I believe that we could safely crank up “fraud” prosecutions without damage to the First Amendment.

      The trick seems to be motivating the prosecutors. Getting some like-minded vets elected prosecutor would be one way. Showing that such prosecutions are vote-gaining actions would be another.

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Motorbike accident? Was he on a Vespa scooter? That would explain the crooked nose.

    What does it take for women to pull back and say ‘He wants money? Wait a minute – doesn’t he get a paycheck from the Army?’

    It’s difficult to dig up some sympathy for the women he scammed right now. They should dig deeper when that kind of thing is asked of them.

  4. Combat Historian says:

    He can recount his tales of (phony) SAS derring-do to his Paki cell-mates before they have him for their Man-Love Thursday Night sessions…

  5. Mick says:


    (That was the sound of Ian’s cell door slamming shut)

    Too bad that we can’t lock up more of the Stolen Valor posers that we have here in CONUS.

  6. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Well as the old saying goes-Any bird can build a nest, but not anybody can lay an egg.
    Stan Laurel Quote

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    ” He had told them that he was a special forces soldier about to deploy to Iraq, but he had a sick father and he needed to buy his military “kit” before he deployed.”

    Here’s hoping he spends every night biting the pillow while his “Husband” comes in dry!

  8. jdm says:

    he had to buy his kit? LOL!! ALI AKHBAR!! Up the rear detachment command.

  9. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    So….I wonder who are the Brit versions of Bubba, Thor, Tiny and “Dr” Julio.
    And being from the other side of the pond, what do they call “tube steaks”, “cockmeat sammiches”, “man mayo”, and “nut butter”?

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