EUGENE, Ore. — A man charged with credentials fraud in Maryland falsely claimed to have a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
The Register-Guard reports the university paid William Hillar more than $33,000 between 2002 and last summer to teach seminars in Eugene in human trafficking and international drug trafficking.
Court records indicate Hillar attended the university from 1970 to 1973 but never earned a doctoral degree.
The 66-year-old Millersville, Md., man is charged in Baltimore with mail fraud and lying about military experience and academic credentials to teach and lecture. Hillar claimed to be a retired Army Special Services colonel. Prosecutors say he was a sailor in the Coast Guard.