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Impersonation – the sincerest form of flattery

Three months ago, a 36-year-old man showed up in Gerald, Missouri claiming to be a federal DEA officer. He drove a car with a siren bar and a police radio and wore a black t-shirt with “Police” emblazoned across the chest. He carried a gun and had a federal ID card and an official-looking badge. And perhaps most importantly, he was sturdily built and clean-cut. According to the mayor “He was everything that you’d think a federal officer would be”.

Except, that he was a fake.

The subterfuge might have gone on longer except that the “agent” started doing drug busts without search warrants. But did that make police suspicious? No, it took a reporter from the local (weekly) newspaper to call up the local sheriff and ask him if he knew anything about this agent.