Oxon Hill Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison after Pleading Guilty to Impersonating an FBI Agent

June 30, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced John Angus Milton McBean, Jr., age 41, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, to three years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, after McBean pleaded guilty today to impersonating a federal officer. Three years in prison is the maximum sentence allowed under the statute. Judge Williams also ordered McBean to pay restitution in the full amount of the loss, with the exact amount to be determined at a later date.

The guilty plea and sentence were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to McBean’s plea agreement, a source contacted the FBI to advise that McBean, posing as an FBI Special Agent, had offered to assist the source in purchasing a home. Specifically, McBean told the source that as a Special Agent he had access to residential properties at significantly reduced prices. McBean offered to access such property on behalf of the source for an initial payment of $2,500. The source gave McBean $775 as a partial down payment.

The FBI immediately began an investigation and on May 20, 2011, the source introduced an undercover task force officer to McBean at a location in Forestville, Maryland. The undercover posed as a friend of the source who was interested in the real estate offer that McBean had made to the source. During the meeting McBean showed the undercover documentation purporting to establish that McBean was an FBI Special Agent and stated that he would help the undercover to participate in the real estate program that McBean had access to as an FBI Special Agent. McBean then drove the source and the undercover around Upper Marlboro, Maryland, looking at homes. McBean also solicited a “down payment” of approximately $2,700 from the undercover officer to assist the undercover in participating in the real estate program. The meeting ended with the source and the undercover agreeing to meet with McBean again to discus purchasing the homes and processing the down payments for those homes.

During his impersonation of an FBI Special Agent McBean made the following false statements: that he was working for the Department of Justice as an FBI Special Agent; that as an FBI Special Agent he was receiving a salary $37,000/month; that he had been an FBI agent since 1984 and was about to retire; that he attended the University of Miami, majoring in psychology and hostage profiling; that he handled the transfer of dignitaries at “Andrews Air Force Base;” that he presently had an office in the White House, where he supervised U.S. Secret Service agents; and that he owned several adult entertainment establishments and car dealerships.

McBean was arrested on May 31, 2011, and a search warrant was executed at his home. Agents recovered a gun in a stereo speaker in the basement of the home.

McBean was previously convicted of impersonating a federal officer and was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2007.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Su, who is prosecuting the case.

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