Tuesday, April 26, 2011


WE all lie a little on our CV's, a better title here, more money there, but Randall Thomas Keyser (yes that is his real name) went way over the line.
Seeking a six figure job, he pretended to be a Major in the Army and list the chief of staff as a reference. Aiming high, but Keyser then went one step further claiming to have professional relationships with current and former U.S. defense secretaries, on his application to the Akron, OH construction company federal authorities allege in documents filed in federal court.
"It's kind of outrageous," Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Bulford told The Akron Beacon Journal. "Anybody who served our country and sees this I think will be outraged."
The  FBI agent alleges in an affidavit that Keyser defrauded an Akron construction company so he could get a $175,000 job for which he wasn't qualified and get payment for travel expenses for an interview.
Through phone calls, meetings and e-mail from a private, non-government account that included the image of the Department of Defense seal, Keyser convinced company officials his military background was real, the affidavit said.
He submitted a resume indicating he'd served in several wars and had supervised 17 multimillion-dollar construction projects around the world.
He appeared in military uniform at one meeting, Tri-C president Randy Clarahan said.
The company also received calls from people identifying themselves as Gen. George Casey, then Army chief of staff, and Gen. Peter Chiarelli, vice chief of staff, the affidavit said.
The company became suspicious and contacted the FBI.

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