Springdale Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonating A Deputy U.S. Marshal

August 12, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland -Alfred Edward Cannon, age 45, of Springdale, Maryland, pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal officer, specifically a Deputy U.S. Marshal.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and U.S. Marshal Johnny Hughes.

According to Cannon’s plea agreement, in March 2011, a member of the public, reported to the United States Marshals’ Service (USMS) that Cannon, posing as a Deputy United States Marshal, had offered to assist the individual in obtaining a job as a Deputy United States Marshal. The individual had previously met with Cannon on several occasions and spoke with him at length about applying to become a Deputy United States Marshal. On at least two occasions, Cannon displayed what appeared to be a USMS badge and wore what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun on his hip.

On two separate occasions Cannon initially requested and obtained $50 from the individual as a “physical and finger print fee,” and USMS application processing fee, which Cannon said were required to become a Deputy United States Marshal. Cannon also requested and received the personal information of the individual, the individual's parents’ and the individual’s Social Security Card. Cannon subsequently requested an additional $300 from the individual, purportedly to purchase the individual's firearm and certification.

After being contacted by the individual, USMS immediately began an undercover investigation. In recorded telephone calls on June 15 and 16, 2011, the individual arranged to meet Cannon to provide him with $300 for the individual's “gun and badge.” On June 16, 2011, the individual met with Cannon and gave him $300 in pre-recorded currency. The meeting was audio and video recorded. After receiving the money, Cannon told the individual that he would provide the individual's “ID and gun” when they met later that day.

Cannon was arrested and the $300 in pre-recorded currency was recovered from his person. Law enforcement officers subsequently executed a search warrant at Cannon’s residence and recovered the individual's Social Security card, numerous federal agency lapel pins, a badge wallet, and a pellet gun fashioned to look like a Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun .

Cannon faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr., has scheduled sentencing for November 10, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Marshal Service for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Cheryl L. Crumpton, who is prosecuting the case.

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