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11/15/2012 6:01:00 AM
Fake Marine, police officer pleads guilty to fraud
Sklyer Whalen
Sklyer Whalen

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A 19-year-old Kingman man who posed as a Marine and a police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he tried to defraud two local car dealers.

Sklyer Whalen pleaded guilty in Mohave Superior Court to a single count of fraudulent schemes in exchange for the dismissal of charges related to impersonating a peace officer. Under terms of the plea agreement, Whalen will receive three years probation, with Judge Steven Conn having the option of sentencing him up to a year in the Mohave County Jail.

Whalen was first arrested in March after he questioned several people at the Mohave County Fairgrounds about a non-existent 911 call while posing as a Department of Public Safety officer.

One of the people Whalen questioned was an off-duty Kingman Police officer, who was suspicious of the teen despite his uniform, badge and car outfitted with emergency lights.

Whalen was pulled over shortly after the fairgrounds incident after the off-duty officer alerted his colleagues. Officers searching his car and residence found two handguns, a bullet-proof vest, a fake military identification card, a grenade launcher with the serial number ground off, a fake order from the Department of Defense, a police radio/scanner, a book of DPS revised criminal code statutes and a binder with fake citations written by Whalen.

Several items of clothing identifying Whalen as a Marine were also found in his bedroom. The clothing was presumably the same he wore in photographs uploaded to his social media account in which he claimed to be a decorated serviceman. Although not illegal, the Marine impersonation was outed by other service members online.

Whalen was arrested again in June for giving the Martin Swanty car dealership a bad check written for $3,900 and presenting fake pay stubs to finance a 2007 Nissan Titan.

He then used the Nissan as a trade-in to buy a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado from the Cliff Findlay Chevrolet dealership.

Whalen was released from custody following Wednesday's hearing.

Should he fail to appear for his Dec. 17 sentencing, he will no longer be eligible for probation and faces up to 10 years in prison.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Article comment by: Kman inKingman

I'd like to point out the obvious as it hasn't been adequately covered. I've read all of the stories on this boy. I never once saw a reference to mom or dad (I think they referenced an uncle or grandfather in one of the articles). This kid is another fine example of a complete lack/failure to parent. I don't know what the specific circumstances were (i.e. crime/drugs etc) in this case, but what is painfully obvious is that the boy did not have the love and guidance he needed. He is certainly intelligent - and at 18 (when the offenses occurred) he should have been putting it to use in school rather than what he was doing. Alas, without parents who encourage, discipline, protect and provide an environment which allows kids to invest those intellects into productive, satisfying, useful pursuits - this is what happens. The boy must be punished, but the larger part of the blame lies with those who were supposed to do right by him. Very unfortunate. He should have been studying to be in law enforcement rather than pretending to be. This is all too common today. People - don't have a child if you don't plan to put the love and effort into him or her. You do have that choice.

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: Tj Denton

This is enough.

I totally agree, we shouldnt punish people for impersonating police officers. Heck, lets just all dress up like cops and respond to crimes and emergencies. Then after that we can dress up like doctors and go hang out in the ER and do some sugeries while we are at it.

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: This is Enough

Here is the loving community of Mohave County. Since June, you all seem to think that maybe the repeated public harassment, time served, and loss to even be thought of as company to anybody who has a web connection and time on there hands still isnt enough. An 18 year old kid that can LEGALLY posses a firearm in Arizona, is automattically thrown because they found him playing a cop. Now you decide that it is better to rid him of a chance of a life and throw him into a positive enviorment like prison? If you feel to do more research than the front page of the newspaper, you may find that he passed 2 rule 11 examanations also being addressed an intelligent and intrepid individual by Dr. Harvansick.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: This is why

Wow...if that is all this guy gets, I will never pull over for a police officer after dark until I get to the police department or a safe place. Impersonating a police officer should be a felony in my opinion.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: seriously, really?

To "wouldn't you know" did you even read the article? It clearly says that the terms of the plea agreement state probation and Conn can still sentence him up to a year at his Dec 17th sentencing...please read the article, for once this one actually gives you the information.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: v d

what a surprise!

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Wouldn't You Know

A guy with GUNS, badges, fake ID's and a car equipped with police lights and CONN lets him walk. So typical. Time for Conn to take a walk out of office. He is way too lenient. Does he honestly think guys like this are scared off by PROBATION?

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Warren AO

Along with the probation, any chance this kid's gonna get some psychiatric help? He seems to be in need of it.

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