THE "GENERAL" WAS A FAKE - TEXAS MAN
The Fort Worth, Tex. man was really an "imposter" general. And for a number of years, he got away with it.
But bold and brazen Michael Douglas McDowell finally tripped himself up when he boasted to his home town's police chief he could "arrange" for him a guided tour of the White House, or Pentagon.
"The uniform he had on was ill-fitting and reeked of cigarette smoke," Chief Jeff Halsted said. "I figured him for a faker, and when we checked him out, we discovered McDowell had never been in the military."
FOOLED FOLKS FOR A LONG TIME
The phony Army brigadier general pleaded guilty to "impersonating a public servant" and got a slap-on-the-wrist. McDowell was sentenced to five years probation. No more play-acting that he's a flag officer.
But the ruse worked on some civilians, especially his new wife Christy. The imposter general walked down the aisle with her wearing a set of bemedaled dress blues.
She wasn't a happy camper when she discovered her new hubby hadn't bothered to dissolve his marriage to his first wife Karen. And Karen wasn't up to speed that her Walter Mitty-type mate had tied the knot a second time.
So elaborate was the masquerade, McDowell tooled around town in his car bearing "Purple Heart" license plates. He was seen in public wearing the general's uniform complete with a briefcase handcuffed to his arm.
|THE FACE OF A PHONY - MUCH BEMEDALED
FAKE AIR FORCE MASTER SGT NABBED AT
FUNCTION AT ARMY'S FT. BENNING, GA.
IMPOSTER HAULED AWAY BY MILITARY POLICE
|FAKE AIR FORCE "GENERAL" GETS ON POST
AT FORT HUACHUCA - FORMER LOW-RANKING
ENLISTED MAN INDICTED BY ARIZONA GRAND
JURY - JEFFREY LEE BENNETT "PROMOTED"
HIMSELF TO TWO STARS - USED PHONY DOD
CARD AND OFFICER'S UNIFORM TO FOOL
GATE GUARDS - PULLED STUNT TWICE IN 2011
ACCUSED OF "ENTRY BY FALSE PRETENSES
WITH INTENT TO COMMIT A FELONY" - FACES
UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON AND $250K FINE