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James Montgomery, aka Jim Montgomery, revives Major Fraud in Australia

I can’t believe it. Almost five years ago, in August 2005, I blew my sociopathic ex-husband, who was impersonating a war hero, out of the water in Australia. Recently, he tried to go swimming again in the same water.

For those of you who don’t know the story, I launched Lovefraud because my ex-husband, James Montgomery, took a quarter-million dollars from me, cheated with at least six women during our two-and-a-half year marriage, had a child with one of the women, and then, ten days after I left him, married the mother of the child. It was the second time he committed bigamy.

One way that Montgomery was able to gain my confidence was by pretending to be a war hero. He told me that he’d served in Vietnam as part of the Australian military. He’d won the Victoria Cross—the Australian equivalent of the Congressional Medal of Honor. In fact, he was still in the military when we married, going on clandestine operations with the Special Forces.

Yeah, right.

All lies

The man I married, I found out far too late, was a sociopath. Before my devastating experience, I didn’t know anything about sociopaths. Once I learned that there was a clinical explanation for his reckless, abusive and unconscionable behavior, I knew it was a story that needed to be told.

So I built Lovefraud. At the same time, I contacted Australian and New Zealand Military Impostors, an organization that outed military frauds. I sent them the documents Montgomery had given me to prove his service and heroism. They were all forged. The military guys posted the truth on their website, www.anzmi.net, at the same time that I launched Lovefraud.

The media picked it up. On August 3, 2005, the Daily Telegraph, a Sydney tabloid, ran the story:

Meet Major Fraud

Life was pretty straight for advertising executive James Alwyn Montgomery—so he turned himself into Major Montgomery, secret agent and Vietnam war hero.

He forged identification cards to support an elaborate story that he was a member of Australia’s elite Special Air Service Regiment and the U.S. Army’s top-secret Delta Force.

For more than 20 years he has claimed he served in Vietnam for both Australia and the US. And was even awarded our highest military honour, the Victoria Cross.

But now a Vietnam veterans group has exposed him as an impostor whose only military experience was drawn from movies.

James Alwyn Montgomery was busted. He was sacked from his job as a student radio station manager at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia. Then I forced him into bankruptcy.

James continues to troll for new victims on the Internet. Since Lovefraud went public, six women have contacted me from Australia. They met him; he tried to hook up with them; they Googled him; they found Lovefraud; they dumped him.

While I was married to the man, he insisted on being called “James Montgomery.” Well, now he calls himself “Jim Montgomery.” I’m sure it’s an attempt to keep people from finding him linked to Lovefraud.

Back in the news

Two weeks ago, I heard from a contact in Bathurst, Australia. James Montgomery was in the news again. He had the audacity to move to a new town—Katoomba, Australia—start telling people his fabricated military tales.

Here’s the story in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Alleged military fraud reappears in NSW

James Montgomery has reappeared in the NSW Blue Mountains five years after his military background was exposed as fraudulent.

Montgomery has been peddling his story of working for the CIA, SAS, ASIO and British military forces along with winning the Victoria Cross around Katoomba in recent months.

It is an offence to claim military service and not have done it.

Senior Vice-President of the Katoomba RSL Owen Wood told AAP Montgomery had tried to join the club in March.

“He won’t be bloody joining,” Mr Wood said.

According to anzmi.net, Montgomery was telling his tales in singles groups. A man who had actually served in Vietnam noticed that there were problems with his stories. So the man checked him out, found him listed on the fraud-busters site, and blew the whistle.

I have to admit that, even after all the stories I’ve heard about sociopaths since Lovefraud launched, I was amazed.  Montgomery was totally, convincingly, exposed as a military fraud, yet he started spinning the same BS again.

It’s further evidence that sociopaths don’t change. And apparently, they can’t come up with new ideas either.


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Dear Donna, Morally, emotionally and intellectually bankrupt and corrupt. Blech….But how great that you have exposed him, and that your hard work and generous committment has saved so many others from falling into his trap, and the traps of so many others out there.

Mine is now 70 years old, and still piling on the BS- power tripping, and doing all he can to destroy what is left of our once beautiful “family”. He is playing unconsciounable head games with my adult sons, and wherever things could have been at least civil, he has instead taken apparent delight in attempts to grind me down with his greed and arrogance.

All this while he is the one that sabotaged everything about our relationship and did unspeakable things to the sancitity of our marriage, let alone our finances. Uuuuughh. But I have fought back for 2 1/2 years, and expect that I will have some blunt instruments in my divorce settlement agreement to breath down his neck in a very unpleasant fashion. Will I be able to put my efforts into a practical outcome? I still think perhaps. But at the very least, your story and others here on LF have helped me realize that not rolling over and playing dead, that regaining my dignity in the face of his disgusting behavior, is worth the countless hours I have spent backing him against the wall.

Basta. TOWANDA.
Thanks Donna.

Buttons

Donna, what a story…..what an incredible story. And, for you to put the devastation to such a priceless purpose makes you a hero, in my eyes.

No, they don’t change their spots. EVER. Spath son insists the same nonsense. (sigh)

Spath Island…….South Pacific……..6000 miles from any continent. Put them ALL together, leave some vegetable seeds and a few livestock and let them live amongst themselves for the rest of their mortal lives.

one/joy_step_at_a_time

Donna – What was that word? Oh, yah: imperturbable.

It funny though; this quality makes them look stupid and that they lack an ordinary amount of imagination.

Mine continues on, pulling a very similar scam over and over. Uses her own name online in contact with people who don’t know that in another guise she has also ripped off their lives and pictures to con others.

I think they may be inordinately attached to their own names. And that is good for us – because we can find and catch them.

I think they are driven by their unquenchable desire to do the believable, the grandiose, the improbable. And again, this is how we track them. Once their is a web presence – they can, on occasion be caught, and brought up short .

In this case Lovefraud: 6 James Montgomery: 0

Good job.

Ox Drover

Yep, Donna, “James/Jim” is living proof that they never change, and at his age right now and the last description you had of him (sure not model quality! LOL) I imagine that he is having great difficulty picking up women. It is strange to me though that James/jim, just like my P-son, seems to have problems coming up with new scams, they just keep replaying the losing ones, which doesn’t make a great deal of sense to me, but they DON’T LEARN from their losses or mistakes or miscalculations do they?

bulletproof

Donna

It’s really hard to fathom, just jaw dropping that he continues using almost the same name, doing the same things, spinning the same fraudulent story around and around, and probably getting results otherwise he would have changed it, or else he wants to be caught to revel in the fame of sociopath king.

But to get back to what really matters at the end of the day….I am so grateful for this site, that YOU built…. You really struck Gold when you decided to call a spade a spade.

You have alerted the relevant people and helped many women avoid the trauma and heartbreak of false promises….as for Montgomery…he just reverts to the same old behaviour, Keep strong in the faith you are a pioneer of sorts, you have opened up a world of similar experiences and joined us together in one huge voice analyzing sociopaths…they are under our glare, they are in the radar of our vast intelligence and commitment to understanding this pathology more….stay strong, I am thinking of you and love will transform this agony into knowledge and awareness for everyone. Thank you Big time.

pilgrimage

I wish we could as you expose the s in our life. You being able to do so and starting this site has been a godsend to us.

ErinBrock

Donna:
SPIT!

Thank you for your guidance and inspiration. The work is never done.

Sociopaths don’t know new tricks, and they think they can’t be exposed again, because they have a new surround of supply and to them the statute of limitations with the ‘old’ life had run out…..they have a ‘fresh start’.
The new ones/supply are groomed to not ask questions….UNTIL they meet another warrior….who knows to ‘ask the next question’ and follow their gut when something doesn’t add up.

This is WHY we must expose along with educate anyone we can about these perps.

The more we talk…..the more sociopaths are closed out.

They DON”T change…..they will continue on until we shut them DOWN!!!! And then some.

Good Job Donna…..Kudos to you for all your hard work and efforts to raise awareness and provide support to others!!!

Donna, et al, I wonder if the use of the same tired falsehoods is something they become attached/addicted to, in the sense that, without their fake persona, the grandiose, extraordinary one, they feel they are nothing? They are driven to keep pumping up their egos because they are running from the nothingness inside.

Once again, thank you for all the good work.

Buttons

Donna, if this isn’t too personal to ask, how are you handling this news? In my darkest nightmares, I can only imagine what you actually experienced. There are so many stories on this site that make my past look like a county fair in comparison, and I have the nerve to grapple with triggers! LMAO!!!! I can’t imagine…….I just can’t.

Yes, the site has helped me (and, countless others), but that’s not the only good to come out of your experiences. You have brought spathy to the forefront. You’re tackling hard issues with determination, and you’re a hero to me and many others. You MADE it, Donna. You made it out of that situation with flying colors and a multitude of people who have found this site are now on their own healing paths. Your courage is a godsend. Brightest blessings, Donna, and may you be blessed tenfold.

TOWANDA, DAMMITOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hens

Donna – This just makes me mad. There should be some consequences for this, if the military can’t stop him who can? How old is this scumbag anyhow?

erin1972

Donna-WOW. He reminds me of the guy who duped Barbara Bentley. It’s insane how he can get busted in one city and then move to another one and pick up the same BS all over again. He’s got a set of balls on him. I sure hope someone castrates him soon. This is insane, ridiculous, and fifty other words like that. Love Erin1972

hens

erin72 I disagree with you, I think he is ball – less…

erin1972

hens-lol!

Joy

Donna, At this time you could allow old feelings to resurface or celebrate the fact that you are so FAR beyond it now. What an incredible service you created with this healing place. In my darkest hours when I felt so stupid, betrayed, and ALONE, I found a community that welcomed me with open hearts and tons of support when I needed it. Then as I healed, I hope that I was able to bring a moment of understanding and compassion to others in similar pain and disillusionment, and maybe even a laugh or two. I don’t come here a lot anymore. I try to focus on the future and moving beyond that time in my life, but the people here that befriended me will forever be in my heart. Thinking of you. TOWANDA Donna!

Dani S

Dear Donna, great update on your spath! What a joke is he! But I thank Jim/James for one thing! Bringing you and your dedication to all of us other victims…. I love that so many women have contacted you through lovefraud that have met him, I wish there was a way to put my ex’s name out there.
It still astounds me the crap that they come up with and even thou they get caught out so many times they keep it up. I would take being a victim than being one of them any day. What a horrible way to live your life! They make me so angry!

one/joy_step_at_a_time

No idea if this man displays enough traits to be considered in the b neighbourhood – but here, yet again, is someone using a false military record for personal gain.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html?hp

Cat

Donna, I went back to the link you had posted and read about all of his false medals and understand why they call him “Major Fraud”. I applaud you for what you went through with this person and what you did with the outcome. You started this site, which is saving peoples’ sanity on a daily basis and there isn’t enough thank you’s for that!
For any doubters, this is proof positive that they really don’t change and that’s a HUGE part of healing, just knowing that.
Honestly, I think this guy is a clown. He’s not even smart enough to change his identity and he’s all over the internet! What a joke!
Thank you, Donna!
Cat

Another way to understand James and other sociopaths is that from his point of view “it worked”. His claims of military service got him what he wanted so why not keep trying that one?

To him it doesn’t matter that he was outed because it worked before so it will work again. Nothing is 100%, right? They will be happy if the story works half the time.

Even after being arrested and imprisoned for impersonating a doctor, Barry Lichtenthal (http://www.lovefraud.com/03_trueLovefraudStories/Barry_Lichtenthal_ruins_career_of_Dr_Liane_Leedom.html) was also still claiming to be a physician even in prison and it worked for him again.

When they find an angle that works they keep using it. It doesn’t matter to them that it doesn’t always work.

Buttons

Liane, I understand what you’re saying. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that people do this – if that makes any sense. Yes, I know that they do these things on an academic level. I used to believe, 15 years ago, that if I just “understood” the dynamics, physiology, or neuropathy that caused people to do the vile things that they do, it would “make sense” to me.

What I have personally had to accept is that spaths do the things that they do simply because they CAN. That they are able to maintain their assertions that they’re miliatry heroes, physicians, psychologists, and “all around great” people is evidence that there is a 100% complete lack of conscience and a 160% complete lack of remorse.

one/joy_step_at_a_time

Dr. Leedom – you said “Another way to understand James and other sociopaths is that from his point of view “it worked”…’To him it doesn’t matter that he was outed because it worked before so it will work again. ‘

THIS is one of the THINGS that confuses my mind ad naseum. If i wanted to persist in doing something ‘wrong and fabricated’ after being outed I would find a NEW wrong and fabricated thing to do. i also may do things in my life that don’t work – have self defeating behaviours – behaviours i am blind to and/ or have no idea what i need to do to change them. – these are the only two paradigms i have….i don’t have this other thing – i would care who was catching me out; would always be looking over my shoulder.

man, they have to be so different inside. i can only ‘get it’ when i accept that ‘they what they do’. but when i look at the actual behaviours and how you have articulated it here and try to find a ‘place’ for that within my own understanding of what it means to be human i get flummoxed…and i come to the definition of having been spathed as: dancing with the love of your life on a roof top, on your honeymoon, you think the love of your life extends his/her arm to spin you in a romantic whirl. then as you are falling to earth you scramble in your mind to accept that you have been pushed, and who and WHAT has pushed you.

bathurstbird

He is still posing as a Dr, still making a name for himself with suspicious diabetes advice that he is not “qualified” to do but misl;eads people with the Dr title, and is now on this site too http://www.ascca.org.au/Club_Info/nsw/katoomba_mens_shed.html
I met him in Bathurst and couldn’t believe the behaviours till I read LoveFraud. Then I met some VietNam vets who were going to take action against him for his deceitful behaviour. He really risks his own safety with his antics

Dani S

bathurstbird, if it wasn’t so sad it would be funny, a Doctor! what an idiot! I heard on the news a couple of weeks ago a man got done for claiming he was a Vietnam Vet and I was thinking it may have been him but it wasn’t, I hope they get him. It is only time! It would be funny to be in court at the time when he has to explain about being a Vet and a Doctor, hope I’m called for jury duty that day 🙂

Buttons

Dani S! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, yes…….to be called as a juror would be just, wouldn’t it????

The ex spath used to claim being a Respiratory Therapist! LMAO!!! It only went through 2 semesters of classes (with me doing the prerequisite English & History stuff), and it claimed to be “medically” educated!

The spath son is doing the same thing by claiming to be seeking a “degree in medicine!”

The frightening thing is that these people tend to gravitate towards fields where they will have “godlike” powers to write prescriptions, render diagnoses, and be lauded as a saver of lives, etc.

Jeepers, it’s just so mind-boggling, sometimes.

Dani S

LMAO!! Buttons!!!!! Scary stuff huh!!! I am so sorry you ended up with 2 in your life, god 1 almost did me in! lol…… At least mine only pretended that he was a really nice, caring business man, but mine was so stupid and had such poor english that he wouldn’t be able to convince anyone that he was educated. 🙂

Denise Guiney

This fake military thing is really weird. When it was used on me I cannot say it worked very well. In the beginning I only believed somewhat because or circumstance and then there was an order of Australia Pin which disappeared before I looked at it closely. Then there was the story of how the military were going to erect a flag pole in my yard as he was a veteran and I could not do anything to stop this as he was entitled to it. The stories just got more unbelievable and one day I caught him telling a veteran that his son was serving in Afghanistan in order to cadge a drink off an old digger. Shameless.

Denise Guiney

Yes the military fraud I know actually shows ordinary photos of himself and his son (who is now old enough to be in the army but certainly is not according to his sister and mother) and tries to elicit sympathy by saying his son in serving in the middle east and how worried he is about him. It is all a complete lie. Being found out in such a lie does not faze him at all, he just makes up some more lies. If people question the boy himself or the the other family members and they deny any knowledge of the son’s service in Afghanistan he simply covers the lie by saying they are not allowed to talk about this as it is “secret” and this is why they deny it.

Ox Drover

Military fraud by PROXY! LOL That is a new one on me. I’ve heard people lie about their own military service, but never about their KID’S fake military service. LOL Boy that’s a new one for sure!

Hi Everyone!

Panther back in the house 🙂

I agree with everyone here. I want to doubly thank Donna. This site snapped me out of it in dealing with my ex. I truly believe it saved my life.

I just wanted to put my two cents in, which is that more and more I am starting to really think that spaths are voids (translation: morons). I think they are painfully lazy, so making up a new story is too much work. This guy might even half believe his crap. Etc etc etc. So many things come to mind.

However, I’ve been contemplating something lately. Do you suppose that spaths assume we are all full of bs too? Here’s how I figure: they don’t know what it’s like to be in our shoes, to have identities that actually correspond with reality and accomplishments that we’ve actually worked for. They have little or zero concept of this. Therefore it’s impossible for them to respect anything we are or anything we have accomplished. Do you suppose maybe they just assume that everyone around them is making everything up too? Do you wonder if they don’t ask us questions because in their mind, we’re just like them, our whole identity is bs, so it’s just a matter of who can get what from others. They fear that our only motive is self-gratification, because that is their only motive. It’s a game of who can fool who better, and the gloves are off. They might think they are living in a jungle.

My ex certainly expressed this view in many ways. He seemed to think that the whole world was full of selfish, evil people who breathed only to exploit each other. This is why he said that I was stupid for being so honest with people, so caring, etc. He said I clearly couldn’t see reality for what it really was. Perhaps that is why they have no problem exploiting others. They assume everyone is doing the same thing they are.

On another note, everyone keeps using this word: TOWANDA

What the heck does that mean?

Ox Drover

Panther, you could be right about their attitudes.

“TOWANDA” is the “battle cry” made by Kathy Bates in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes….someone some time here (can’t remember who) started using that and we picked it up as the unofficial “battle cry” for LoveFraud bloggers!

Glad you are getting better and having more ah ha moments. That’s what happens when we are NO CONTACT, we can start to see them for who they really are. The FOG (Fear, Obligation and Guilt) lifts and we can see clearly again!

skylar

Panther,
I think you are mostly right. They project their own mindset onto everyone else.

But the spaths are able to hold 2 contradicting ideas in their heads at the same time, without a problem. So they can lie, know they are lying, and believe the lie at the same time. They do this by knowing that they are lying, but they tell themselves that they believe the lie, so therefore it must be true. That’s spathalogical.

So, based on that, the spath can believe that we are just like them, but at the same time, know that we are not. They hate us for having goodness and trust and they believe that we deserve to be duped for it. At the same time, they can’t imagine what it must be like to be us, so they believe we are just like them.

After I figured out what a spath was, I was having an argument with my mother about my spath brother and spath sister’s behaviors. I can’t remember the exact topic, but suddenly she says, “So you expect me to believe that you’re the only one who —” She stopped suddenly, because she realized she was about to let her mask slip. She really had no idea until then, of who I was. She thought that my persona was a mask, like hers.

Holy shinanigans Skylar! That part about your mother! Wow! YEAH lady, she’s the ONLY one who….

Not to say anything bad about your mom. I know how hard it is to have an spath parent. I both love my father and will never speak to him again for the rest of my life. Your story of your mom reminds me of a similar run-in I had with my father. It was groundbreaking for my relationship with him, but unfortunately it didn’t prepare me for other spaths.

We were arguing about who knows what. I cannot remember. Then he started glaring at me and doing his typical melodramatic semi-growl as he said, “No one, absolutely no one, ever does anything for free.” For years, he had me completely convinced that if I ever disagreed with him about ANYTHING he would beat me to a pulp. At that moment, during that argument, I was SO SICK of hearing about how he was gonna beat me to a bloody pulp (his exact words) that I wanted him to actually just DO IT and get it OVER WITH so we could move on. I basically lost my fear of physical harm and got to a point where I would have preferred getting my ass kicked to submitting to his mental bullshit anymore. So, I finally spoke up. I said, “That’s not true. Some people do things for free. Some people do things because they care.” He about lost it at that moment. He said, “Tell me, with you at age 14 in all your INFINITE wisdom, how is it possible that YOU can know something that I don’t? Look at YOUR track record!” Then, I looked right at the beast, and I said to him, “Because I do. I do things for free, without expecting something in return, because I care.”

Silence. I waited for him to hit me, but it was like I had somehow caused him to malfunction. He didn’t even respond to me. He just stopped talking completely. I left the house that day and have never since lived with him another day in my life.

I agree that they hold two conflicting truths at the exact same time, yet I have no idea how they manage this. It seems like a major logical flaw, and one totally obvious at that.

Do they hate us for our goodness, or do they think it’s OUR “superficial charm” as well? Your mom’s slip is very interesting. Makes me just want to hang a billboard on all the highways reading something like:

ATTENTION SOCIOPATHS!

YES, YOU, THE LIAR WITH THE FAKE IDENTITY AND FACADE.

YOU ARE THE MINORITY. MOST OF THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SOMETHING CALLED EMOTIONS AND ARE ACTUALLY TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE.

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS CONSPIRACY?

TOWANDA TO YOU BUDDY!

Ox, it’s as reliable as the sun rising. Anything that comes from his direction towards me throws me into la la land. A couple times I thought that no contact was established and he popped up on the radar again through a door I forgot to lock. It doesn’t even matter if I respond to it, so long as it breaches the barrier.

Now it’s been 2 days of total silence and already the pain is flooding in again, but I know that means I am closer to reality. I can see clearer, and most of the time I am wishing I didn’t….but also know that I must.

Ox Drover

Panther, the “truth will set you free, but first it will pith you off”—truth is painful sometimes, but it is the only thing that WILL set us free from the bonds to the liars. Hang on to the truth!

skylar

Panther,
As far as who is the minority, spaths or us, the jury is still out for me. Every day, it seems, I discover a new mask, or I remember another person who was tortured or killed by a spath. I’m trying to think of who I might know that is normal, but I can only think of a couple. The spaths I’ve met, far outnumber the normals.

The only reason I’m not totally panicked is because I don’t really know very many people, since I’ve been living in the woods most of my life. And I also think that I attract spaths, so that might explain the numbers.

Hi Skylar,

I understand what you mean, but I think that you might be overgeneralizing some people. Then again, I don’t know the people you are referring to. It may be exactly as you say. But I also think there are people with masks who are not spaths, people who might do spathy things that are not spaths, pathological liars who are not spaths, bipolar people who are not spaths, and then of course autistic people who could display some spathy traits without being an spath. Crazy does not equal sociopath. My grandfather is the sweetest, most genuine guy. But he thinks there is gold buried under the airport, that he can sell his beat up old van for $14 million, and is angry with the color green. He also chased his own sister around the house with an ax because he thought she was the big bad wolf. He once shredded a bible, claiming that he was Jesus. He’s assaulted cops, broken into my mother’s home and then called the cops on himself, and run through the neighborhood naked (he says that then the deer are not afraid of him). There are so many different kinds of abnormal that I’d be hesitant to call anyone an actual sociopath until I was really sure.

I’d like to think that the people who get the sociopath card are the ones who are permanently wired that way and have absolutely no empathy or concept of it whatsoever. It seems like a loaded condition and the people that I know who really fit it are rare. Maybe I got lucky and “your neck of the woods” is full of them. I dunno. Just my experience is that they aren’t so common, but common enough to scare the crap outa me.

Yeah…maybe you attract them. Remember that study which found that spaths could better spot someone who had been victimized just by the way they walk!?!?! That study made me pay attention to how I walk!!! Haha.

Oh, can you see me walking around thinking this while looking at my feet, “Oh, crap. Am I doing it? Am I doing the walk? Are there any around here? Do they know?!?!?”

Then I laugh at myself. How the freaking heck do they know?

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