Brent North, From 1986 Penn State Qb to Navy SEAL, Indicted For Impersonating A Federal Agent

Brent North with Fake ATF Badge and Credentials.

Brent North with Fake ATF Badge and Credentials.

Toledo Ohio – We have waited several months to post this guy up, as he was under investigation for Impersonating a Federal Agent. We were asked not to post him up until the investigation was complete, and the charges filed.

Meet Brent North, not only has he claimed he was a Navy SEAL, and a star quarterback at Penn State, but also an ATF agent. He also had all the certificates to prove each one of them, only problem, they were all fake. He also claims the Navy Cross, Silver Star,and the Combat Action Ribbon among others.

Brent was brought to our attention by an ex, whom we will not name out of concern for her safety. He began with his elaborate tale’s of being a SEAL soon after they met, and even sent an email to her from a fake buddy to make himself look good.  Here is the email:


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So as you can see, he is one awesome guy! Saved all the members of SEAL Team 3, all while being wounded in the process!

Then at the age of 41, he joins the ATF, one busy guy if you ask me!  Here is a picture of one of his fake SEAL certificates, we also verified through Don Shipley that this guy has never seen BUD/s.

Fake SEAL Certificate

Fake SEAL Certificate

It wasn’t to long before all of his lies started to make their rounds, and his girlfriend became suspicious and contacted the ATF to ask if he worked for them. Once they found out, they raided his home and confiscated all the fake certifications and uniforms.

They also raided his business, Ronin Security,  which he had also built on his fake career.

According to his ex, he had a lot more fake certificates, but she could only acquire pictures of a few before the ATF confiscated the rest.

Below is a certificate promoting him to 2nd LT in the Marine Corp, signed by President Reagan in 1985. Although you will see later in the article that he could not even keep his dates correct, as he claimed to also be on the Penn State Football team in 1986.


Here is one where Cpt. North graduated the Naval Intel School,in April of 1999. Sure took a long time for him to get to Cpt!


This certificate below is from the “Joint Chiefs of Staff” in appreciation for his service, dated 19 May 1986 and addresses him as Cpt. So he is not even smart enough to make all the dates on the certificates line up with each other.


This certificate is where he graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland,  dated 3 Jan 1983.



And of course another slip up, in the above email he claims SEAL Team Three, but on his fake certificate he has SEAL Team Five, dated 2 August 1987.




He claims to have been awarded the Navy Cross,for his bravery in battle in Mogadishu on 12 July 1993, braving a hail of gunfire to save his entire SEAL Team. Wounded, bleeding and unable to walk, he pulled all of his team to safety. Only thing is, Mogadishu happened in the early 90’s, and he claims to have been promoted to Cpt before then, but the citation below has him as a LT.


He also tried to make his career as a Penn State Quarterback seem real by adding himself as a Quarterback to the roster on Although he deleted it, Google had a cache…




He also forged the cover of a Sports Illustrated magazine, he took one of the more famous covers, one from  August 25, 1997,  that had star wide receiver Joe Jurevicious.

Here is the forged one:



And here is the real cover as it appeared in 1997:




We also checked the 1986 Penn State roster, and no Brent North. Although he did add himself on as #9.

So after all the lies, who is Brent North? Well it seems he did serve as a Marine, for four years, and was Discharged in 1989 as a Private.  Being discharged after four years as a Private, tells me somebody had some issues!





Here is another picture of Mr. North posing as an ATF agent, trying to impress someone once again.

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He also made up fake ATF business cards:


All of Mr. North’s costumes, certificates to include his work computer on which he created all the fake documents, were confiscated by the ATF.

They indicted him on Federal charges on 10 July 2013,  one count of Production of false identification documents, and two counts of Impersonating a Federal officer, both of which are felonies.

We will keep you updated as more becomes available on this case.




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