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WEST PALM BEACH MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF IMPERSONATING DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AGENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2010

Jeffrey H. Sloman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Steven J. Mocsary, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Professional Responsibility, and Sheriff Ric L. Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, announced that defendant Newman Lowe, 49, of West Palm Beach, FL, surrendered today to ICE special agents on an outstanding arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was issued in connection with an Indictment, which charges Lowe with impersonating Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agents, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 912.

If convicted, Lowe faces a possible maximum statutory sentence of three (3) years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman stated, “Impersonating a federal agent is a serious offense that can undermine the public’s confidence in a badge. Citizens can rest assured that we will aggressively investigate and prosecute individuals who pretend to be agents, but are not.”

“Impersonating a federal agent undermines the confidence people have in their government when information from imposters proves not to be true,” said Steven J. Mocsary, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). “Impersonation in the law enforcement arena further poses a serious threat to public safety and will not be tolerated. ICE-OPR will continue to criminally investigate and charge individuals who impersonate DHS ICE agents or officers.”

An Indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Mr. Sloman commended the efforts of ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility with the assistance of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William T. Zloch.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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