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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WEDNESDAY - December 7, 2011

MAN IMPERSONATING FEDERAL AGENT PLEADS GUILTY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on December 5, 2011, TOMMIE RAND PIERCE, 68, pled guilty to impersonation of an officer of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 912, and misuse and fraud of visas, permits and other documents, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546(a). At today’s Bond Review Hearing, PIERCE was ordered detained.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 5, 2011.

Brock Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta stated, “ICE HSI takes seriously anyone who impersonates a federal official. These individuals undermine public trust. We must prosecute accordingly in order to protect our citizens.”

According to the criminal complaint, PIERCE defrauded an unknown number of aliens and/or businesses by leading them to believe he was a federal agent with the appropriate authority within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to obtain approval of immigration applications for which the applicants were otherwise ineligible to obtain a benefit. In exchange for monetary payments, PIERCE prepared and/or filed fraudulent immigration applications on behalf of illegal aliens. To date, the investigation has revealed more than 265 fraudulent immigration applications filed by PIERCE and/or his assistants.

Investigation of this case was conducted by ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Raleigh, North Carolina.

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