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Navy Admiral Impersonator Sentenced

September 13, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. – Michael R. Jacobs, 52, of Plainesville, Ohio, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for transporting a stolen vehicle across interstate lines and for theft of public property.  Jacobs was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,727.00.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.

Jacobs previously pled guilty to the charges on March 1, 2012.  According to court documents, Jacobs went to Jordon Motor Cars, an automobile dealership in San Antonio, Texas, on January 27, 2010. Once there, Mr. Jacobs selected a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee and informed the salesperson that he was interested in purchasing the vehicle. He requested permission to take the vehicle for a test drive and informed the salesperson that, before purchasing the vehicle, he wanted to have the vehicle checked by his mechanic. After being allowed to take the vehicle off of the lot, Jacobs never returned. Ultimately, Mr. Jacobs drove the vehicle outside of the State of Texas, through several states, before ending up in the Hampton Roads area.

Jacobs was discovered after he was seen on the Naval Air Station, Oceana, Virginia after he had been impersonating a U.S. Navy Admiral.  According to the court records, Jacobs had stolen uniform devices and insignia from the Navy Exchange and wore them in effort to impersonate U.S. Navy Officers, including the rank of Admiral.  He first came to the attention of Naval investigators when other Navy sailors noticed that Jacobs failed to wear the uniform devices in the prescribed manner.

This case was investigated by agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph L. Kosky and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jonny Parker 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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