U.S. Navy Seal Imposter Scams Investors, Arrested In Arkansas

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GARFIELD, AR — U.S. marshals arrested a man they say was posing as a U.S. Navy Seal Friday morning.

Arthur James, A.J., Dicken from Garfield faces charges stemming from firearm violations. He was wanted by the Carson City, Nevada Sheriff’s Office for Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony.

“For the last week and a half we’ve been working it in the Northwest Arkansas area, based on the information they had received that he was here,” says Tony Overstreet, Supervisor with U.S. Marshals Service in Fort Smith.

According to investigators, Dicken, 57, passed himself off as a highly decorated Navy Seal, who had served in dozens of covert combat missions from the jungles of Vietnam to the caves of Afghanistan – but authorities say he had never served in the military.

Dicken reportedly often wore the Navy SEAL trident insignia and loved to show off numerous awards he claimed to have earned including two Congressional Medals of Honor.

The arms charges come from when Dicken operated a military style self-defense school in Carson City, Nevada where he provided training including firearms and self-defense tactics.

Investigators say Dicken was exposed after he was profiled on both 20/20 and Inside Edition. The U.S. Marshals Office says he’s also been accused of embezzlement and fraud for reportedly bilking investors out of more than $850,000 for a proposed new international security firm.

U. S. Marshals in Reno, Nevada, worked with Deputy U. S. Marshals in Western Arkansas after discovering Dicken was living on Slate Gap Road in Garfield, Arkansas. Assisted by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, he was arrested without incident at the RV where investigators say he was living. Dicken was transported to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, where he awaits extradition to Nevada.

“It felt good, always good to take a bad guy off the street, especially with as small a community as Garfield,” Overstreet says. “You get somebody out of the community that is a felon, and we have to assume based on information we received that he was a dangerous individual.”

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