Dumb Criminals — 21 October 2011
Man Poses as G-Man to Avoid Debt, Believes Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong

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)

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Taylor has been a full-time, professional writer for over three years. On the nights and weekends, he is pursuing an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two dogs.

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