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Paul Whelan biography: 13 things about US Marine Corps veteran born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Paul Nicholas Whelan is a citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. He and his twin brother David Whelan were born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to British parents with Irish heritage. The twins have a brother named Andrew Whelan and a sister named Elizabeth Whelan.
  2. In 1988, he and David graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA. From 1988 to 1990, he took courses at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Marquette County, Michigan without earning a degree.
  3. From 1990 to 1996, he was a part-time Chelsea Police Department officer in Chelsea, Washtenaw County.
  4. In 1994, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
  5. From 2001 to 2003, he was an information technology manager for Kelly Services, a staffing company headquartered in Troy, Oakland County, Michigan.
  6. From 2003 to 2008, he took military leave from Kelly Services to serve with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He held the rank of staff sergeant with Marine Air Control Group 38 working as an administrative clerk and administrative chief. He was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  7. In 2006, he started repeatedly travelling to Russia.
  8. In January 2008, he was convicted on multiple counts related to larceny and was sentenced to 60 days restriction, reduction to pay grade E-4 and a bad conduct discharge. From 2008 to 2010, he worked for the Kelly Services staffing company as an information technology manager again.
  9. From 2010 to 2016, he was Kelly Services’ senior manager of global security and operations. After this, he joined BorgWarner, an international automotive parts manufacturer based in Auburn Hills, Oakland County, as director of global security and investigations.
  10. In 2013, he gave a deposition claiming that he holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. He also claimed that from 1988 to 2000, he was a Chelsea Police Department officer and a sheriff’s deputy in Washtenaw County.
  11. On December 28, 2018, he was arrested in Moscow, Russia by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). He was accused of spying and was formally charged on January 3, 2019.
  12. On June 15, 2020, a court in Moscow convicted him and sentenced him to 16 years in a Russian prison for espionage. On July 27, 2022, it was announced that 46th U.S. president Joe Biden had authorized a trade for him and Brittney Griner in exchange for Viktor Bout.
  13. He was 52 years old and still detained in IK-17 in Mordovia, Russia when Griner was released on December 8, 2022 in a prisoner exchange for Bout.
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