Monday, August 11, 2008

Identity Theft: Impersonating FBI Agent.


Baltimore, Maryland - Edwin G. Johnson, age 25, of Washington , D.C., pleaded guilty today to impersonating a federal officer, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the plea agreement, on April 26, 2008, Johnson picked up a prostitute, K.R., drove to a near by vacant parking lot and after a discussion involving K.R. performing a sexual act for money, Johnson identified himself as a federal agent and that K.R. was under arrest. Johnson advised K.R. that he and other agents were investigating stabbings in the area and that they were conducting sweeps. Johnson told K.R. that he would not arrest her and that he wanted to help her. K.R. performed a sexual act on Johnson. Afterwards, Johnson drove K.R. to her residence where he had sexual relations with her. Johnson reiterated that he was a federal agent working undercover and that his office was in the “ Hoover Building ” in Washington D.C. Johnson departed K.R.’s residence without paying her for the sexual services. Over the next several days, Johnson initiated contact with K.R. by telephone calls and text messaging. On May 28, 2008 , Johnson came to K.R.’s residence and again represented himself to be a federal agent. He had sexual relations with K.R. and departed without paying her.

K.R. contacted the FBI which initiated an investigation that confirmed that Johnson was not an agent or employee of the United States . Under FBI supervision, K.R. tape recorded telephone conversations with Johnson in which he stated that he was a FBI agent working in an undercover capacity.

Johnson faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for September 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning, who is prosecuting the case.

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