Tucson Man Indicted for Posing as Air Force Officer to Enter Base

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According to the United States Attorney's Office, a Tucson man went to some extraordinary lengths to gain access to an Air Force base earlier this year. Once inside, he bought stuff from the base's commissary in what a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman tells New Times was "part of a larger scheme" to defraud someone.

Jeffrey Lee Bennett, 46, was indicted on seven felonies yesterday after authorities say he posed as a major general to gain access to the Air Force base at Fort Huachuca.

Bennett, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Robbie Sherwood says, entered the base on March 30 under false pretenses by wearing a United States Air Force uniform with the rank of major general.

Not only isn't Bennett a major general, he's not even in the military -- although, Sherwood says, he was a low-ranking member of the Air Force in the 1980s.

Bennett didn't just dress the part, he also was driving a car that had a fraudulent Department of Defense personal-vehicle-registration sticker with the Defense Department seal when he entered the base.

Further, Bennett presented security personnel at the base with a fake ID that appeared to be a United States Air Force Common Access card.

Sherwood wouldn't elaborate on the details of Bennett's alleged fraud plans, but once inside the base, h
e made "unauthorized purchases at the post exchange and commissary by pretending to be a general officer."

If convicted, Bennett faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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flossenforcer
flossenforcer

He served 9 months in prison, you can see an article about it here....but I know that what the court documents say about his story were also exaggerated...he was still dating that woman on the "east coast" when he was in tucson on a "special mission"  but tucson wan't where she thought he was.

IN PA
IN PA

Its about time they caught him, he has deceived more that just the government. He has ripped off money from many people I know.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

You're sure it wasn't the naval base at Flagstaff?    I agree,10 years for dressing up as a possible conspirator to commit a criminal action against innocent civilians?     The gall of the man.

Ron
Ron

Your report states that he went to the Air Force Commissary....The commissary is where they sell groceries....He would have used the Base Exchange Clothing Sales to purchase uniforms, etc....Also there is NO Air Force Base at Fort Huachuca, AZ....There is a Army POST there.  Please report correct information when writing an article....

Ross
Ross

Then there's the guy who was posing as Osama bin Laden in Pakistan recently.  Also good at fooling the military.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

C'mon folks..10 years for "unauthorized purchases? What did he buy, some bulk plutonium and 2 bunches of SCUD missiles?

scout9090
scout9090

@flossenforcer do you have that article? Would like to see if that fits someone I know I thnk married to him

Flossenforcer
Flossenforcer

This guy was a total fraud, i worked with him at a dentist office in Maryland where he was robbing her blindly.  He should get the maximum sentence, he has apparently angered higher up military officials.  

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