As any job applicant will know, lying on your CV can get your fired. But if you are the spoiled son of a millionaire, no longer looking for work, there is nothing stopping you from ‘embellishing’ your achievements.
Robert Eringer knows a thing or two about that. He claims to be a retired spy and investigative journalist. He was neither.
To clarify: his ‘spying’ career consisted of two episodes. First, he was contracted by a former CIA agent, Clair Geoge (himself implicated in the Iran-Contra affair) to worm his way into the life of a Washington journalist, Janice Pottker. She was planning an investigative book about the famous Feld family, owners of a vast entertainment empire and fellow Washington residents. Feld contracted George to ‘distract her’, and George in turn commissioned Eringer to pose as a literary agent to distract Pottker with other projects. The case ended up in court after nearly a decade of deceit in 1999, although it was settled out of court. Pottker had asked for $60m.
Eringer’s second foray into ‘spying’ came when Prince Albert II of Monaco retained him to work as a consultant for intelligence matters in the early 2000s. His appointment, however, did not last long as he was exposed giving false reports and the Prince attempted to dismiss him in 2006. Eventually, Eringer’s invoice for three months in 2008 was not paid, which led to a bitter feud. Eringer posted a number of defamatory comments on his various blogs, which he was ordered to take down by a French court in 2011. He was also ordered to pay damages and fees.
The career of a ‘spy’ this is not.
The investigative journalism career went along similar lines. Having dabbled as a freelancer for the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World in the 1980s, after he left college without a degree, was of little success. He was also commissioned to do stories for the Sunday People and the Toronto Star, but failed to make an international name for himself. He published various allegedly investigative books, including on the Bilderberg Group, which remained without success. He continued to write, although concentrated on spy fiction, which he largely self-published online.
The career of an ‘investigative journalism’ this is neither.
What can be said about Eringer without hesitation is that he a convict, convicted of lying and deceiving. His personal blog, monacointelligence.com, was recently blocked by its provider platform for publishing hateful comments about Islam, specifically a picture of Satan under the headliner ‘The true face of Mohammed’. Somehow, convicted liar and Islamophobe doesn’t sound quite as successful as spy and journalist.