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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Falls Church Man Sentenced For Impersonating A Federal Officer

John Dahlquist Sentenced To Over A Year In Prison

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA -- A Falls Church, Va., man who previously pleaded guilty to a charge related to his impersonation of a federal law enforcement officer, was sentenced this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg.

John William Dahlquist, 48, of Falls Church, Va., previously pleaded guilty to one count of impersonating an officer or employee of the United States and, in that pretended character, falsely demanding a thing of value. This morning, Dahlquist was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and one year of supervised release.

“When people misrepresent themselves as members of law enforcement, they put themselves and those around them in danger,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “Mr. Dahlquist repeatedly lied about being a Secret Service agent, endangering himself and others. Those of us who work in law enforcement will do all we can do to protect the integrity of the badge from imposters like Mr. Dahlquist.”

According to evidence proffered at a previous hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Wright, the defendant admitted that beginning in or around late August 2011 he told a woman who resides near Lynchburg, Va., that he was a “deputy director” and a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service and a Secret Service “weapons instructor.”

In support of his impersonation, Dahlquist purported to carry a firearm in public places and displayed a purported electronic Secret Service credential. Furthermore, the defendant, while impersonating a federal agent, demanded a thing of value from the victim in asking her to sign ownership of her home to him. Dahlquist did this under the pretense that he could shield the home from creditors in his capacity as an employee of the Secret Service.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service, the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office and the Radford City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Wright is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated April 14, 2015