Soldier who Killed 16 Afghans is a Con Man Mar24

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Soldier who Killed 16 Afghans is a Con Man

The U.S. soldier who now claims to have no memory of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians is a “smooth talker” who defrauded an elderly Ohio couple out of their savings, records revealed Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales “engaged in fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, unauthorized trading and unsuitable investments,” federal financial regulars wrote in a report on Bales filed in 2003.

A stockbroker in Columbus from 1996 to 2000, Bales and his partners were ordered to pay Gary Liebschner and his wife $1,274,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

So far, he hasn’t paid a dime, according to Liebschner.

“He robbed me of my life savings,” Liebschner told ABC News. “We didn’t know where he was. We heard the Bahamas, and all kinds of places.”

Asked if Bales is a con man, Liebschner answered, “You’ve hit the nail on the head.”

Bales, who had worked for the MPI brokerage firm, was a no-show at an arbitration hearing to resolve the complaint the Liebschners.

They claimed they asked Bales to sell their AT&T stock to pay for medical bills. They said they never got the $600,000 and soon after Bales took off.

The Ohio couple said they recognized Bales after he was arrested for the March 11 mass murder.

via U.S. soldier accused of gunning down 16 Afghans is a con man who feds say bilked elderly couple out of a million  – NY Daily News.

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