John Tran, a Marine veteran who lost his support from Marines for a variety of reasons, is claiming credit for duping Twitter.
John Tran of Brooklyn, who now serves as an NYPD sergeant, allegedly created fake accounts on Twitter to trick followers into believing he was a leading celebrity in politics.
Tran, 32, has since been charged with two felonies in the course of an online hoax. According to the indictment, both accounts of Tran had followers called into question and fired back their followers. One of the accounts boasted of purchasing 3,900 followers before being disabled by Tran, a scribe and a former Marine.
“If only he could make a few more out of my account,” Tran wrote in an email to the New York Daily News on Wednesday.
Tran’s Twitter bio is a cosplay. It reads, “I’m a retired Marine, of Navy, of New York State: I’m a man who works for America and the American people and who does not wish to become a person with fake and phony fake followers.”
Tran’s attorney, Peter Del Black, has told the Daily News that the Marine veteran has “no history of tweeting.” One reason is that Tran originally worked for the same account two years ago to impersonate media bigwig Michael Bloomberg, according to CNN.
The Daily News reports that Tran tried to help people cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by creating his own Twitter account. Tran spent a year on 24/7 duty in Iraq, and encouraged veterans to apply for a job with the NYPD.
People on Twitter accused Tran of creating fake accounts as an “official” employee of the NYPD. Tran denied this, according to the Daily News.
“I just wanted to show how dumb that was!” Tran told the Daily News. “I mean, I honestly have no idea. It’s completely ridiculous.”