Md. special forces impersonator gets 21 months

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A Millersville man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for using lies about life as an Army Green Beret and his education to get jobs teaching counterterrorism and drug and human trafficking interdiction.

Sixty-six-year-old William Hillar, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud earlier this year, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He must pay $170,000 in restitution to the law enforcement and first responder organizations and schools who hired him.

Hillar told the judge that others assumed he was in the military and over the years he adopted the story, but he knows it was wrong.

Prosecutors argued for a longer sentence of 27 months as a deterrent, saying that Hillar not only endangered first responders with worthless information, he also displaced qualified trainers.