After 18 Years of Service, Military Officer Discovered to be a Phony

| January 24, 2020

Someone did in this case. Was it the fake credentials guy, or those that accepted his application and processed him in? (Facebook/Reddit/Google)

A man managed to serve in the Swedish military as an officer. The article mentions two phony documentation used to get the position. One was a phony certificate claiming that he completed their officer course. The other was a phony degree in politics.

He served in their intelligence and security service, even deploying with them for a UN mission at Mali. He held the rank of major. But wait! There’s more! Russian intelligence had him as a contact man. One of his assignments was at the NATO headquarters. Naturally, NATO is not happy about this event.


The fake officer was exposed after having joined Sweden’s UN peacekeeping force in Mali as chief of staff with the rank of major.

According to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, which uncovered the story earlier this month, the man used forged certificates falsely showing that he had passed the Swedish Army Forces’ officer training program and falsely claiming to have a university degree in politics.

The man had worked with the Swedish army’s intelligence and security service, the daily reported, adding he also had been a contact person for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency. At NATO’s military headquarters, or SHAPE, in Belgium, the fake officer worked on the now-defunct Afghanistan Mission Network, where nations shared intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. has additional details.

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Did the Swedes allowed this poser to fall through the cracks because he is a mozzie and they did not want to be accused of “religious bias” by vetting him too hard?

  2. Cameron Kingsley says:

    Geez. How the hell did he manage to fool the Swedish Army for 18 years while also serving as a Russian spy? And reaching the rank of Major to boot! The one thing that would make this funnier is if he managed to reach the one of Sweden’s four ranks of General.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  3. AW1Ed says:

    So in just two more years he could have retired as a Field Grade officer, and then gotten work as a contractor? Nice gig if he could swing it.

  4. Slow Joe says:

    Why does it keep saying “the man”?

    Doesn’t “the man” has a name?

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    Maybe he can hire on at IKEA. He’s as phony as their furniture. It looks like real wood, but it isn’t. Is he like a tofu Swedish meatball?

    • The Stranger says:

      Didn’t IKEA have some kind of controversy regarding the frozen Swedish meatballs that they sold in their stores? I seem to recall that they were selling meatballs made with ground horse meat instead of ground beef.

  6. Sapper3307 says:

    How dare you!

  7. Mason says:

    While I never worked with any Swedish military, I’m still pretty sure I worked with this guy. Guess incompetent, poorly educated officers are in every military.

    • timactual says:

      Even if his degree was real it was in politics, so he would still be poorly educated. That’s why he could get away with it for 18 years.

  8. The Other Whitey says:

    Between the “no go” zones, that Greta chick, and now this guy, the Swedes are really batting 1000 these days.

  9. Hack Stone says:

    Maybe it was an Honorary Degree from the National Association Of Navel Photographers, a group founded on the principles of promoting the photography of citrus fruits.

    • Mason says:

      You talking about the really high speed, high angle of attack, super close up, gonzo citrus photography? So close he got a better view of the roots than the fruits?

  10. SFAlphaGeek says:

    18 years – does that mean he’s in sanctuary now?

  11. RC says:

    He might have BS his way in , but according to the Swedes he never gave any intelligence to the Russians.So I wonder if he’d still get his veterans benefits after all he did serve for 18 years. Kind of makes you wonder about the
    Officer’s Corps you can just fake it till you make it. Additionally the fact that he was in Military intelligence says a lot.