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
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A person the U.S. Attorneys Office calls "a former low-ranking enlisted man," allegedly promoted himself all the way to two-star rank earlier this year when he fraudulently entered Fort Huachuca in Arizona wearing an Air Force major generals uniform.
Jeffrey Lee Bennett of Tucson has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he used fake ID to get on the Army installation and wore an unauthorized uniform to complete the charade. The trick has infuriated embarrassed brass hats who are determined to throw the book at the 46 year-old former airman.
The grand jury hit Bennett with seven counts, including "entry by false pretenses to real property of the United States with the intent to commit a felony." Authorities said "the great pretender" bought items from the PX while strutting around in his much bemedaled blue uniform.
If convicted, the would-be flag officer faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
USED FAKE IDENTIFICATION CARDS AND STICKERS FOR CAR
Investigators said Bennett pulled his stunt on two separate occasions. "He got on post on March 30 of this year, and returned again on April 5th," an informed source told MilitaryCorruption.com.
The accused faker used counterfeit ID cards and automobile stickers to complete the fraud, the source said.
Little is known of Bennett's background at press time except that he apparently served as an enlisted man during the 1980's.
His highly improper "act," in the age of terrorist activity and security consciousness, could well buy him a stretch in prison if he is convicted. Accessing a military post in an unauthorized uniform is something not being taken lightly by the authorities.