According to a local report, a man in Pennsylvania was arrested after police said he tried to rob a bank while posing as a CIA agent.
The attempted robbery occurred inside the Ephrata National Bank around 10 a.m. on March 20, according to the Ephrata Police Department.
According to authorities, Sean Quick, 55, walked into the bank, allegedly showed his phony CIA credentials to the teller, and asked to use someone else’s safety deposit box.
But the staff wasn’t fooled by the man’s story, so they called the police.
According to the police, Quick first told them he worked for the Department of Defense. He later admitted he was not a government agent.
Quick allegedly revealed to law enforcement that he attempted to break into a bank customer’s safety deposit box.
The report shows it was not an official badge, and Quick did not have permission to display it. A fake or counterfeit version of the badge could easily be obtained on E-bay, according to the Ephrata Police Department.
The investigation into Quick’s alleged impersonation of a governmental worker is ongoing.
According to a Pennsylvania criminal attorney website, it is a major offense in the state of Pennsylvania to pose as a government official with the goal of persuading another person to act on and subject to your fake authority. You may be arrested for masquerading as a public servant if you wear a fake police badge, take from a shop, and then claim to be an authority on official business and hence exempt from paying for the item.
The penalties for impersonating a governmental worker in Pennsylvania range from a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 2 years in prison.
According to Pennsylvania statute Section 4912, the impersonation of a public servant is committing a misdemeanor of the 2nd degree. One must intentionally mislead someone into believing that he or she has a public service job to gain an unfair advantage.