Real Navy SEAL Exposes Impostor In Lake Tahoe
A former Lake Tahoe bartender has used his phony stories of being the most decorated Navy SEAL in U.S. history to scam hundreds of thousands of dollars. It has also helped him land a huge security contract in Africa. However, the ABC7 News I-Team is exposing the impostor and has this Part 2 of the story to share with you.
As we reported in this previous story, A.J. Dicken was about to use his phony Navy SEAL background to cash in with a piece of a $300 million contract in the nation of Burundi, but as we’ve learned a real Navy SEAL was working to expose his lies.
Dicken sold his phony life story as a Navy SEAL for $50,000, convinced two doctors to give him hundreds of thousands more for a new security firm, then had his sights set on his biggest payday yet. Enter Don Shipley.
“If I get one more phone call asking me to verify if A.J. Dicken was ever a Navy SEAL, I’m going to take this grenade, pull the pin and blow myself up!” said Shipley.
Shipley is a retired Navy SEAL who runs a training camp in Virginia. He also has access to the official database — the names of every Navy SEAL. Shipley spends much of his time exposing the phonies on a popular YouTube channel, but the video he posted about Dicken didn’t seem to slow him down.
“How he turned that around and had people convinced for more money is, ‘I posted that myself because I’ve killed so many people in Central and South America, Afghanistan, all over the world, they’re looking for me, so I put that up to throw them off my trail,’” said Shipley.
Doctors Brian Romaneschi and Greg Ginn gave Dicken almost $400,000 each for his new venture, Global Security and Logistics. He was able to talk his way into the World Sports Alliance — an organization that works closely with the United Nations in developing countries. Dicken became the WSA’s security chief on a $300 million contract. The plan is to build a waste-to-energy plant in the African nation of Burundi — a project that would have a ripple effect.
“And we were talking about levels of money where you could really put money into immunization programs and really have a huge significant impact on people’s health,” said Romaneschi.
In September, Dicken attended meetings at the United Nations as WSA’s new security chief. And in October, he organized his own trip to Burundi, bringing a staff of eight along. They tell me the trip was a mess from the start
Post time: Jan-09-2017