Lorry driver lied to family for 15 years pretending to be SAS serviceman
A lorry driver lived a lie for 15 years, conning his family and friends into believing that he was a war hero who had served in Iraq.
Mark Izzard, 44, pretended that he was an ex-military man who served with an elite SAS unit in Iraq.
His wife Tracey had no reason to doubt his elaborate tales during their 15 years together and believed he had been at war in the Middle East and saved many lives while on missions there.
Sadly, she died of cancer three years ago, remaining proud of the heroic serviceman until the end, and never knowing the truth about her deceitful husband.
Izzard told The Sun newspaper that his web of lies began when he played a joke on a woman in a pub many years ago.
He then continued with the lies for nearly two decades.
"I put some pics on Facebook and the next thing I know I’m getting death threats," he said.
Apparently the trucker used to regularly tell dramatic stories highlighting his courageous nature to anyone who would listen.
Izzard even claimed that he had lost friends in battle, won war medals and suffered torture at enemy hands.
His stepson Danny (22) told The Sun: "He said to me he was in the first Gulf War. I felt sorry for Mum. Their whole relationship was a lie."
It’s reported that Izzard, of Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire, currently drives for a tool hire company and has no military background.
Izzard’s stepchildren, Danny and his sister Izzy became suspicious when they found a letter addressed to ‘Corporal Izzard’ with no official military letterhead.