Stolen Valor: Con Man Who Pretended to be Wounded Army Vet Sentenced to Hard Prison Time

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Jeremy Wilson made a career out of being a conman. He often posed as a US Army veteran (and a wounded one at that) to earn the sympathy of his marks. The Manhattan judge who just who tried his case in court, though, was less impressed with Wilson’s antics. He has sentenced Wilson to 14 years in prison.

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“I’ve spent pretty much my entire adult life running and hiding from myself, and running and hiding from what I have done,” Wilson told the court said. “Of all the lies I’ve told other people, it’s the lies I’ve told myself that make living the hardest.”

“If things as fundamental as my last name can’t get sorted out by investigators who are very good at their job … I don’t know how to sort anything out.”

Wilson had been arrested after he used forged documents to lease a BMW. He was charged with two counts of grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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Wilson, 43, often claims to be the illegitimate son of  IRA leader Brian Keenan. These claims remain as dubious as his two Purple Hearts and his two Ph.D.s from MIT.

The New York Post, reporting on the conviction, lists a long history of infractions. Wilson “allegedly stole an MIT corporate credit card from the campus mailroom and forged checks in order to lease a $55,000 BMW X3 in Boston. He later used the same fake identity to land a $5,000-a-month apartment in the Financial District.”

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Even Wilson’s attorney, Robert Briere, seems to have bought into Wilson’s hazy definition of reality.

“Who are we to say what is true and what’s not true?” he asked in court Monday. “Who are we to say what’s happened to him and what’s influenced his life?”

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“Jeremy Wilson posed as an airline executive, an MIT student, an Army veteran, and a member of an actors’ union,” Manhattan DA Cy Vance noted after the sentencing. “Now the only uniform he will be wearing is a prison jumpsuit.”

Wilson reportedly has 8 previous felony convictions. He leaves behind a criminal history that stretches across the United States. Though this sentence is for only 14 years, it will be his longest.

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14 years is a long time to think about what you’ve done. It may be enough time for Wilson to think about what he’ll do next.