Naples Daily News
December 18, 2015
While he never served as a Ranger, Oliver did spend three years on active duty in the Army as a carpentry and masonry specialist, according to military documents on the Guardian of Valor site. He never saw combat and had no special training.
Since at least 2001, the Naples-area businessman and jujitsu instructor has passed himself off as something he's not: an Army Ranger and a member of the U.S. Special Forces.
He lied in the bio on his Naples Aiki Ju Jitsu website. He lied repeatedly on Facebook. He even lied in several newspaper articles, including a 2009 photo feature in the Naples Daily News.
Oliver's lies caught up to him Monday when the Guardian of Valor website, a national organization that shines a light on military impostors, exposed him. The six-month investigation has left Oliver reeling; he admits to the lies, but argues he didn't profit off them. He only lied, he said, because of deep-seated insecurity and a consuming fear of rejection.
"I just want it to be over," said Oliver, 54. "I've done wrong. I lied to everybody. I portrayed myself as that. The way I see it, I need to take my medicine. It's not easy. I've hurt a lot of people."
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From Guardian of Valor
In the article, from 2001, he is quoted as saying “It devalues, Symbolically, what the Rangers stand for. Rangers have done something extraordinary and are different.”"
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