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Fairfax County Plumber Convicted for Producing False Diplomatic Credentials

April 29, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found Richard Earl Jaensch, 52, of Annandale Va., guilty of producing a false identification document that appeared to be issued under the authority of the United States.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the jury reached its verdict today.  United States District Judge T.S. Ellis, III, will sentence Jaensch on July 23, 2010.

            According to court documents and evidence at trial, Jaensch, a Fairfax County plumbing contractor, produced credentials that claimed he was a United States diplomat.  The credentials consisted of an identification card, a badge, and a credentials holder.  He used a similar set of diplomatic credentials at TSA checkpoints at airports and at an April 2008 hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court.  After court personnel confiscated the identification, Jaensch ordered another set.  It was the production of that false identification that was the subject of the case.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  Assistant United States Attorneys Gene Rossi and Timothy D. Belevetz prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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