Man charged in FBI impersonation
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.