Man charged in FBI im­per­son­ation

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STEVENSVILLE — FBI agents ar­rested a Stevensville man at his home on Whis­per­ing Pines Court early Tues­day, May 2. Eric Kappesser, 27, was in­dicted by a fed­eral grand jury in Wilm­ing­ton, Del., on two counts of im­per­son­at­ing a fed­eral agent and one count of the unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a badge or in­signia of a fed­eral agency.

David C. Weiss, Act­ing United States At­tor­ney for the Dis­trict of Delaware, said Kappesser faces up to 3 years in prison on each of the im­per­son­ation charges and up to 6 months in prison on the unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion charge.

The in­dict­ment al­leges that, be­tween April and Oc­to­ber 2016, Kappesser rep­re­sented him­self to oth­ers as an agent with the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion. In ad­di­tion, he specif­i­cally re­quested and ob­tained a law en­force­ment dis­count when pur­chas­ing cer­tain firearms ac­ces­sories in Septem­ber 2016. In or around Oc­to­ber 2016, Kappesser also wore a replica of an FBI badge around his neck.

Weiss said, “In­di­vid­u­als who im­per­son­ate law en­force­ment of­fi­cers vi­o­late the pub­lic trust and pose a risk to pub­lic safety. Such con­duct dis­re­spects the law en­force­ment of­fi­cers who place them­selves at risk every day to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe. ”

This case is the re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Bureau of Al­co­hol Tobacco and Firearms. The pros­e­cu­tion is be­ing han­dled by As­sis­tant United States At­tor­ney Les­ley Wolf.

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