A St. Louis man plead guilty this week to charges of impersonating a federal agent. Mark B. Chartrand, 41, purportedly borrowed $100,000 from his girlfriend for unspecified reasons. When she asked him to repay the money in 2008, Chartrand hatched brilliant and impenetrable plan to postpone repayment: he told her that he was a “clandestine counter-terrorism operative” working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Chartrand knew that his scheme had failed when bona fide federal agents paid him a visit. He now faces up to a year in jail–oh, and he still has to repay the money.
His primary slip-up, we suspect, was his implication that government personnel actually perform work. Better luck next time, Mark.
Source: Man posed as federal agent to dodge debt (UPI)