Washington D.C. Man Sentenced for Impersonating an FBI Agent

September 26, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Edwin G. Johnson, age 25, of Washington, D.C., today to 21 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for impersonating a federal officer, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

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

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

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


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