Man fakes Special Forces credentials to teach classes at FBI

William G. Hillar claimed Special Forces experience in multiple exotic countries. He claimed to be an expert in human trafficking, saying the movie Taken, starring Liam Neeson, was based on his life. Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, hired him to present classes and training.

Hillar was never in the Special Forces, and has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

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thanks…I have lost a few good people in my life – death is the kindest way to lose a friend or loved one…I have memories of my friend that still make me laugh out loud..we laughed alot – I am fortunate to have known him..pumpkin time for me..gnite


I am not joking. I took two classes from him. I took US Tactical Counter-Terrorism and Sex Trafficking.

You know what the weirdest part about this is? In person, like you might guess, he seemed like the most genuine and concerned guy. I knew him quite well, but oh the stories! The campus was always abuzz with his stories and his classes were always fully booked.

He gave me an A in both classes 🙂

By the way, do you want to know what the final project was for the US Tactical Counter Terrorism class? We had to get into groups and think of the most destructive terrorist attack we could commit with just $500 and then present our attack to the class.

This news is shocking in part because his classes were so much fun.


Get your money back. Not kidding. The institute should have investigated the people they hire to teach you.

I wonder if they are getting any money from him themselves?

I am sure they have been overwhelmed with students demanding refunds. It will bankrupt the school. I do agree that they should have investigated him. Absolutely. But I also feel bad for the school because they got conned, and if they refunded every student who took a class from him, they would go under financially I think. They got conned, too.

Although you have a good point, and I could sure use that money right about now. I’m gonna sleep on that.

It’s 12.34am here! Goodnight! Soo sweepy.

Ox Drover

Panther, I agree, get your money back….get a copy of the articles about him, and then contact the school, enclosing a copy of the articles…request your money back and if that doesn’t work, then go to the state agency that supervises them and request that THEY make the school refund the money.

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