Travis, Lon and Jane claim that Michael is a liar and manipulator who takes advantage of other people by making up stories about his fabricated military career and his non-existent wife and children to get money.

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Michael acknowledges lying to dozens of people over the years.

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Some of the stories he now admits to making up include telling others he was a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot with various injuries and health concerns, claiming that his dog was a bomb-sniffing dog who had saved his life on at least two occasions and that he was a widower left to take care of his children alone.

“There is no explanation for lying,” says Michael when asked why he does it.

“People don’t do things without some payoff,” responds Dr. Phil.

Michael claims it wasn’t about the money. When Dr. Phil asks him what his payoff is for making up stories, does Michael have an answer?

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